by John Sparks
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John Payne, John Sparks, Bob Gane, Ray Perriam and Geoff Wythe purchased an old Whitbread dray at the Peterborough show auction in March 2009 and are restoring and painting it so it can be used to give rides again.
This dray was originally a dray used for delivering beer around the City of London and made into a rides dray at the Whitbread hop farm.
It was bought from Whitbread by Banham zoo who used it for a number of years to give rides around the zoo.
John Sparks cleaning the grease off the wheels
The top of the dray and dickie seat with the undercoat
on. Geoff Wythe having a break with a cup of tea.
Bob Gane and John Payne sanding the splinter bar
John Payne filling in the splinter bar ready
for the undercoat
Bob Gane sanding the paint work ready to be undercoated
Bob Gane sanding the splinter bar
Transporting the dray back from Banham Zoo
The dray standing in the auction at Peterborough
Bob Gane and John Payne finishing the red paint on the underneath of the dray
How the dray looked when we
first bought it back in March 2009
John Sparks tightening wheel nuts after painting wheel.