HUNDREDS of people turned out to celebrate 150 years of the Hastings fire and rescue service recently.
The event held at the Bohemia Road Community Fire Station on December 3, was pronounced a success by all involved, and illustrated the varied role the modern fire service plays in keeping the community safe.
Vintage fire engines, photographs and mannequins were displayed, depicting the change in uniform over the years and showing how firefighting has developed.
There were also demonstrations from the fire service, opportunities for children to get into costume, and a festive Santa’s Grotto.
Crew manager, Graham Geer, from Bohemia Road Fire Station, said: “The day was a marvellous showcase for the Fire and Rescue Service in East Sussex, which allowed people to see how firefighting has changed over the last 150 years.
“It was absolutely brilliant, we couldn’t have asked for it to go any better.
“We would especially like to thank Booker and Best, ESK, Tesco, Debenham’s, SLM and the White Rock Theatre who all helped us to make the day a great success.”
The event also raised £800 which will be divided between three charities, The Fire Fighters Charity, Help for Heroes and Charity for Kids.