I was thrilled to find this ghost sign from World War two on a building in China Lane (on the corner of Dale Street), central Manchester.
The fire watcher’s job was to look out for incendiary bombs, and put the fire out before it spread. The Fire Watchers Order of 1940 required factories and large businesses to provide their own fire watchers. Hundreds of incendiary bombs were dropped at a time, and a fire watcher’s equipment included a bucket of sand and a bucket of water.
There’s a good account of what it was like to be a fire watcher in Manchester on the BBC here.