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Ipstones fire station set to mark milestone anniversary

23/09/2014

firefighter's with ladder
Firefighters with ladder

Firefighters past and present will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Ipstones’ station next week.

"The fire station is at the heart of the community of Ipstones with many people having been based there themselves or knowing someone who has worked there. The 75th anniversary is a real milestone and we feel that it is appropriate to mark it with a community celebration that will not only remember its past but will also to look forward to its future." 

Dave Mollart - Crew Manager at Ipstones

Current crews are keen to mark the milestone with a get together for their former colleagues, family and friends on Tuesday, September 30.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford will attend the event at the Froghall Road station along with invited local dignitaries and members of the community.

A commemorative plaque featuring the words ‘without a past, there is no present’ will be unveiled.

Photographs of the fire station throughout its 75 year history will also be showcased during the evening. The following day they will be moved to Café Connect in the village where they will stay for four weeks to allow residents to view them.

One of Ipstones’ old fire engines, which has been based at Bolton’s Copper Works since the 1960s, will soon return to the station to be put on display.

It is currently being restored by a team of apprentices at the Service’s headquarters at Pirehill in Stone.

Crew Manager at Ipstones Dave Mollart said: "The fire station is at the heart of the community of Ipstones with many people having been based there themselves or knowing someone who has worked there. The 75th anniversary is a real milestone and we feel that it is appropriate to mark it with a community celebration that will not only remember its past but will also to look forward to its future.

"We have an excellent display of photographs thanks to local residents who have kindly lent them to us for the event. They date back a number of decades as well as including shots from the present day, providing a fascinating insight not only into the station itself but also into the fire service and the local community."