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Fire engine red

I must be getting older. I find myself being flooded with flashbacks. It seemed to be happening a lot on this trip. Maybe that is what relaxation does for you.

We drove past the Hanalei Fire Station.

The Hanalei Fire Station, Kauai

I saw the two fire engines parked beside each other in the garage. They were beautiful to look at. Their colour was so bright and they appeared to be well looked after. I found myself back in the living room of my childhood home. It was a Sunday morning and I was sitting in front of a radio waiting and hoping that I would hear my favourite stories. Today, I was listening to “Flick, the little fire engine”.

These were special times. I was happy. I was warm. I was loved. The world seemed uncomplicated and I didn’t have to worry about anything. I sat and listened. I did wonder how these voices got into the box though. I had to use my imagination because all I had to guide me were the words, the music, and the voices. I could see Flick. He was bright red of course and small. He had a face. The windows were his eyes and the front fender was his mouth.

I have to admit I still love getting lost in a story. Some things just don’t change no matter how old you get.

It would appear that I’m not the only person who has these fond memories. Don Linden writes:

'Children's Favourites Volume 1' Story CD

I am flooded with memories from my early childhood of the Sunday morning Junior Request programme and all those wonderful stories that would be played each week. Flick, The Fire Engine, Dinky Pinky, Diana and a host of others. So when in 1978 I began hosting my own Children’s Show on radio, it wasn’t too surprising that yet another generation found these same old favourites to be theirs …

In answer to many people’s requests, and to introduce yet another generation to the Magic age of wireless, I’ve once again opened the record library to bring you just some of what I consider to be ‘The Classic Collection’.

Linden has put together a boxed collection of all the four volumes of these beloved stories. Guess what, the Selfish Giant is there too! Even better you can listen to a sample of each of the stories if you too want to take a trip down memory lane yourself.

Now getting back to Flick; the story was written by Bert Reisfeld, the music was composed by Greta Holm and the narration was by Robert Dann. It was first released by MGM as an extended paly 45 rpm in 1953 (before I was born in case you were wondering).

I’m not sure whether I should be laughing or crying at this point. The good news is that at least I can remember. I hope you can too.

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