Ock Street Fire Station 50th anniversary

September 27, 2014

Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 11:00 the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Angela Lawrence, together with the Oxfordshire Chief Fire Officer, Dave Etheridge, opened the day’s events. The Mayor then unveiled a plaque celebrating 50 years of The Abingdon Fire Station on Ock Street.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 12:00 there were Group photos. There were many present, former, and possibly future colleagues of the Fire Service in the pictures.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 13:00 there was Bun throwing from the top of the fire station tower.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
The people of Abingdon love a bun throw. Some buns had the number 50 inscribed.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
At 14:00 there was Morris Dancing.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
And at 15:00 the event was closed with a release of balloons. The winning balloon wins a holiday.
Fire Station 50th anniversary
Throughout the day there was the chance to take part in Fire Service activities, from climbing the ladder, as demonstrated in the picture by one of the firemen, to directing a fire hose, to going up in the hydraulic lift, and going in the fire engines.

There were also stalls, some very good cakes, and an exhibition about the Abingdon Fire Service from early years through to the present.

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  • 1. Cassandra  |  September 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

    A great day!!! It was interesting, informative and great fun. And the cakes were delicious!!!!!
    The children looked to be having a fun time too.
    Well done to everyone concerned…..I really enjoyed it.

  • 2. Angela  |  September 28, 2014 at 7:43 am

    A lovely event. A lot of time and trouble taken to display the history of Abingdon’ fire service, and very interesting it was too. Did you know that the first volunteers had to pay for the privilege of being volunteers, not only for membership but every time they went out to fight a fire.

  • 3. Angela  |  September 28, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Oh yes, and the cakes. THREE types of home-made and yummy gluten-free cakes, a real treat.

  • 4. Neil Fawcett  |  September 28, 2014 at 10:35 am

    On Thursday at the County Council’s Performance Scrutiny Committee we heard a presentation from Dave Etheridge (who is also an Abingdon resident) about the Fire Service’s Annual Report and the success of their 365 Alive campaign over the last eight years.

    I congratulated him and his team on their success in general and in particular on their involvement with the local community and their very effective communications.

    We have possibly the best Fire Service in the country.

  • 5. BykerRode  |  September 28, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hey Backstreeter where is the photo of you doing
    acrobatics at the top of that ladder – Yes I have the proof !
    After that performance I was surprised not to see you performing in the ring at the circus this afternoon !

    Oh so much to do in Abingdon this weekend, wonderful.

  • 6. BykerRode  |  September 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Buns wrapped in plastic bags. Is that a sign of things to come when they are next thrown from the Count Hall ?

  • 7. Richard Gottfried  |  October 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Great to see the report from the event. Looks like it went well.

    Gluten-free cakes eh. Shame I missed it!

    Looking forward to the next Abingdon-on-Thames Bun Throwing.

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