Harry R Fisk Ltd - Norwich
|Harry R Fisk - Triumph car dealer image 1|
|Harry R Fisk window sticker - Triumph car dealer image2|
Harry R Fisk were listed in 1968/69 as a Triumph dealer based in Stoke Holy Cross at Norwich Road Garage, NOR SSW.
|Kitchen Bros of Diss - Triumph car dealer sticker|
Not listed in the 1965 or 1968/69 dealer booklet. Listed in 1974 as being based at Bedford Garage, Victoria Road, Diss with proprietors called DH and RR Kitchen. The advert above dates from 1977 and was scanned from Diss Town Guide 1977/78 by Spottedlaurel.
The 1965 and 1968/69 Triumph car dealer list shows: Brockdish Service Station, Brockdish, Diss as a dealer.
After Derek Kitchen died in 2008 his rusty old Standard 12 was sold at auction for just over £500.00. The Standard 12 was said to be a one-off, possibly built for the 1933 Motor Show. Derek Kitchen was a former partner in the Kitchen Bros business.
Kitchen Bros Wurlitzer organThe garage was known as a place to go to a Wurlitzer organ concert. The Organ is since at least May 2011 said to be in storage in Northampton.
In 1964 David Pawlyn embarked on restoring the organ. He had heard that the Paramount Cinema, Newcastle, was to discard its fine Wurlitzer, a large three-keyboard, 19-rank organ which had been installed in 1930. Together with Graeme Wright he approached the cinema’s owners, Odeon, and managed to buy the instrument in its entirety.
Over several weekends it was dismantled, packed up and moved into storage. Eventually it was sold to the Kitchen Brothers at Diss, Norfolk, who ran a motor showroom and garage. Pawlyn spent many months restoring it and reinstalling it in the garage showroom, where it sounded almost as it had in the theatre, albeit with a little more reverberation. The organ premiered in its new location on 15 October 1972.
|Kitchen Bros Organ music album cover|
Plea for informationIf you have any more information or recollections about these garages, photos of window stickers, dealer badges or sill plates etc please let me know. I can be contacted via the comments to this post or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.weblin
Further information and sourcesLink to the other articles in this series.
Link to facebook page: Triumph Car Dealers.
Link to my Triumph Car Dealers Flickr group .
I have a collection of Standard Triumph car dealer directories: http://vitessesteve.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/triumph-car-dealer-directories.html
Picture credits: Walter Gunston concert ticket. Spottedlaurel on Flickr for Harry R Fisk image 2 + the Kitchen Bros images. Phil Overton on Facebook for Harry R Fisk image 1; Fiskes Court by Mike Fordham; Kitchen Bros Organ music album cover image from https://www.discogs.com/Geoff-Stephenson-At-The-Organ-Of-Kitchen-Brothers-Garage-Diss-319-Wurlitzer/release/7764124.