Fire Service's Diamond Jubilee Year

Firefighters Dave Jennings and Tony Talbot (right)wear the uniforms of today and of 60 years ago when Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was formed.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Brigade's annual Christmas Festival of Carols.

Guests of honour at their diamond jubilee celebration at St Mary's Church, Bridgnorth, were the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, High Sheriff, church leaders, council dignitaries and members of the Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority.

They joined fire chiefs and firefighters from across the county along with members of the public to celebrate the anniversary of Shropshire's firefighting service.

Children from Bridgnorth Endowed School's choir and band joined voices with St Mary's Church choristers to sing carols led by school music teacher Gill Baker and organist and choirmaster Dr John Turnock.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service – along with other UK brigades – was created in 1948 amalgamating small brigades from towns and boroughs across the county.

"Our annual Carol service marked the diamond jubilee year celebrating Christmas and 60 years of serving the Shropshire community," said Chief Fire Officer Alan Taylor.

The service included a reading from Shropshire actress Gabrielle Drake.The fund raising event raised money for St Mary's Church fund, the Firefighters Charity and Asthma UK. Guests enjoyed refreshments at the nearby Castle Hall after the service.

10th December, 2008