Wheelbarrow Outside Queens Hotel

Some days back I was returning to Leeds train station and noticed a Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) bomb disposal van parked outside the Queens hotel.

The thing that really got my attention was the wheelbarrow just along from the rear doors of the van. I had not seen one of these small remotely controlled tracked vehicles since my service in N Ireland many years ago.

The policeman minding the entrance to the hotel was being very coy as to why it was there.

For the uninitiated the wheelbarrow was developed the enable the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operator to examine an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from a safe distance.

Sadly perhaps the best known EOD operator of recent years is Olaf Schmid GC, I say sadly because I for one will never forget that last photo of him in Afgahanistan, he died with 24 hours left before flying home to be with his wife and young son.

By 1ajasper1gf1h

How I got Here...
I was walking down to make a coffee in Saltaire at Massarella's Art Gallery where my friend at a shop. I was mooching about there... My good friend Ellen used to a medical rep. She then said i dont want to worry you but I have called 999 for a ambulance... She then said look at the mirror in bathroom.... then.. I woke in hospital...
Then 5 months later... I have become Disabled.. Stroke, I lost ... job, flat, not mention my car... now at last I look much better...
So much for dreams... I ran with that for about 5 years, every day taking a photograph to put on site.

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