LONG-FORGOTTEN photographs of an annual Morpeth event have resurfaced 42 years on.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has discovered the images of its first annual fete in Loansdean in 1969.
The slides were found in a cupboard in the IT department at County Hall during a clear-out.
They show former Chief Fire Officer Joe Henshaw, participants in the Miss Fire Belle competition and Morpeth Pipe Band.
There are also pictures of the tossing the wheatsheaf challenge, Scottish dancing, a police dog demonstration and the fire prevention caravan.
The brigade’s Loansdean headquarters were opened in 1968 and the first fete took place there the following year. It became an annual event and ran for a number of years.
Acting Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “The slides, found recently in offices at the county council, are an interesting record.
“Many people living and working in Northumberland will no doubt recognise friends and relatives in the photos.”
Fittingly, the pictures will now come out of the cupboard to go on public show at the first family fete at the service’s new headquarters at West Hartford Community Fire Station near Cramlington.
The event, which will raise funds for The Firefighters’ Charity and Princess Ellie’s Trust, will feature a packed programme of activities, including fire service demonstrations, chainsaw wood carving displays, swings and inflatables, as well as a young firefighter challenge and a driving simulator competition with a trophy for the fastest lap.
There will also be stalls selling refreshments, a raffle and a tombola.
Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Public Protection Anita Romer said: “I hope that lots of people come along to this event to enjoy what’s on offer and help to raise money for two worthwhile causes.
“As the day takes place at the new Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service headquarters it’s also a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to take a look at this state of the art facility too.”
The fete takes place on Saturday, September 3, from noon to 4pm.