The great nephew of Spitfire Designer, Reginald Mitchell will officially open Kidsgrove Community Fire Station this Friday.
"Reginald Mitchell was born and raised in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove so it was fitting that we asked one of his relatives to officially open this fantastic new facility."
Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer
Jonathan Mitchell will unveil a plaque at the community fire station on Lower Ash Road at midday on Friday and will then be taken on a tour of the building. Pupils from Reginald Mitchell Primary School will give a presentation before giving firefighters a special collage they have created, which will be displayed in the station. The official opening ceremony will also be attended by local dignitaries.
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "Kidsgrove is the final community fire station in this project to open in North Staffordshire. We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve.
"It’s wonderful that the local community has embraced the station, the number of people using the facilities has already exceeded our expectations."
Chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor Len Bloomer said: "Reginald Mitchell was born and raised in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove so it was fitting that we asked one of his relatives to officially open this fantastic new facility."
Mr Mitchell added: "I am delighted to be asked to officially open Kidsgrove’s new Community Fire Station."
The station, which went live in September 2011, was the ninth in the line of ten new community fire stations to open across Staffordshire. The fire station comes complete with state of the art facilities, including a dedicated community room which has been used almost 100 times since opening for use in September.
Bookings can be taken for the community room at Kidsgrove which seats up to 18 people and are available from 9am – 10pm weekdays and from 9am – 5pm at weekends. Community and partner groups interested in booking the free facilities should email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 898734.