The weather was considered ideal for the competitors but a little on the chilly side for the throng of interested spectators that lined the arena. But one among them felt nothing but warmth and her eyes were fixed on just one of the dashing firemen as he went about his drills. The team from Sherborne Fire Brigade from Dorset competed hard but missed out on the prizes but one among them had won the heart of a young lady on the sidelines.
Maude Tizzard was employed by Mr and Mrs W.E. Martin of St Leger, Royal Street, by evening she sold programmes at the Pavilion. She lived with her sister, Mrs R. Ford of Lea Road, Lake. Among the steam and water jets she fell smitten with Frederick George Abbott, 26 year old stonemason and fireman of Sherborne.
When the drills and formalities were over Miss Tizzard managed to catch Fireman Abbott's eye and the spark between them was instant. As the summer progressed the couple, separated by eighty miles including the sea ensured that their relationship had every chance of blossoming and by the early autumn had made plans to be married at Lake Parish Church on 12 October.
In anticipation of their big day Miss Tizzard was collected by Fireman Abbott and taken to his home town to meet his parents for the first time on Friday 2 October. They planned to set up their family home in Sherborne as soon as they were married so after meeting her imminent in-laws Maude and Frederick spent the following day shopping in Yeovil to purchase furniture for the flat they'd secured.
Excited and fulfilled they returned to the Abbotts's for tea and afterwards went for an evening stroll. As they rounded a corner a motorcycle approached, they were unconcerned but for the rider the couples appearance as he leant in to the bend was an unexpected find and one he couldn't correct his machine from bearing down on. Maude took the full force of the machine and was rapidly gathered up by Fireman Abbott and rushed to the Yeatman Hospital where she was found to have a broken leg and a fractured skull.