Firefighters at Whittlesey station 'overwhelmed' by support at 50 year celebration

Firefighters at Whittlesey Fire Station were overwhelmed by the support from the local community at their 50 year celebrations, which raised a total of £1,800.

Over 800 people visited the station on Saturday (June 3) for a string of activities laid on to mark the special occasion.

The day started with a procession of vehicles through Whittlesey town centre, which included Vivien, the 1930’s Leyland Lioness, and fire engines from Whittlesey, Stanground and the Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade. The Red Cross emergency response vehicle was also in the procession.

People lined the streets to witness the procession, which the Whittlesey crew described as the high point of the day.

The festivities at the station included ‘dunk the firefighter’, a bouncy castle, BBQ, ice creams and a tombola. Crews ran several live demonstrations, including a rescue from the smokehouse.

One of the most popular attractions of the day was the blue light simulator, where visitors sat in the back of a fire engine to experience riding to a call out, with a video complete with radio commentary and blue lights.

On-call firefighter Mark Rogers, who organised the event, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic support shown by the people and local businesses of Whittlesey. The entire team here would like to say a massive thank you and we hope to see you at our next open day at some point in the near future.”

Station Commander Giles Grainger described Saturday as “an absolutely fantastic day” and said: “I am truly humbled by the success of the event and I am really proud of the team at Whittlesey Fire Station for all their hard work and efforts in organising and running such a successful event. A special thank you also goes out to the family members who were also instrumental in the successful running of the event. This station, and the community of Whittlesey, means so much to all of them and to see so many people turn out to support the event was well worth all the effort.”

Watch Commander Mark Brown added: “The generosity of the people of Whittlesey has been outstanding and I would love to be able to thank them all personally but the list is just too long. So I would like to add a special thank you to the community and businesses of Whittlesey, the Red Cross, The Round Table, The Co-Op, George Dunlop and Vivien and to Councillor Ralph Butcher, Mayor of Whittlesey and his wife.”

The £1,800 raised will be shared between The Fire Fighters Charity and Magpas Air Ambulance.

Whittlesey Fire Station’s 50 year celebrations will continue later in the year with a special mural commissioned for a wall on the side of the station. A group of talented artists from the Girton Youth Project will complete the work during the summer with the community of Whittlesey invited to attend an unveiling on its completion.

Whittlesey is an on-call station, with the fire engine crewed by people from the town. These are trained professionals who respond to emergencies in their communities alongside their day-to-day lives.

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