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Firefighters Join in Festival Fun!

Barton-under-Needwood Fire Station will be throwing open its door to members of the public this weekend as part of the annual Scarecrow Festival.

"We host this open day every year and it’s always great fun."

Barton-under-Needwood Watch Manager, Graham Nash

Firefighters at the station have designed and built their own scarecrow to enter into the local village competition –a crashed spaceship complete with smoke, flashing lights and aliens being rescued by firefighters,.

The fire station will be open for visitors from 1pm – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and everyone is invited to come along to see the station, firefighters and their unique scarecrow entry.

Barton-under-Needwood Watch Manager, Graham Nash said: "We host this open day every year and it’s always great fun. In addition to the open day, we also have onsite activities such as a tombola and coconut shy to help us raise money for Help For Heroes, the Fire Fighters Charity and the local church.

"We’ve got some fierce competition from local businesses and children for winner of the best scarecrow but we’re very proud of our design and can’t wait to show it off!"

The Scarecrow Festival has been established in Barton-under-Needwood for over 10 years and the station open days are always a hit with the younger people: "Kids love to see behind the scenes at the station," said Graham, "however it also gives us a chance to discuss fire safety with both the children and their parents.

"Some people may not be aware that we can provide them with free Home Fire Risk Check, they just need to call 0800 0241 999 and we can make an appointment to come out to you."