Discovery stirs memories

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has found some slides of pics taken in 1969 at a fete held one year on from the opening of the NFRS HQ building in Mopeth.' 'I've attached a selection. If you think you might use them for a 'memory lane' piece let me know and I'll get more information. ' 'I n the upright pic  - I've been told that the winning Miss 'Fire Belle' is Jenny Gill who worked in Fire Control at the time. In the same pic the man in the suit behind the 'Fire Belles' is the chief fire officer at that time, Joe Henshaw.'Claire Grimes NCC' '.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has found some slides of pics taken in 1969 at a fete held one year on from the opening of the NFRS HQ building in Mopeth.' 'I've attached a selection. If you think you might use them for a 'memory lane' piece let me know and I'll get more information. ' 'I n the upright pic - I've been told that the winning Miss 'Fire Belle' is Jenny Gill who worked in Fire Control at the time. In the same pic the man in the suit behind the 'Fire Belles' is the chief fire officer at that time, Joe Henshaw.'Claire Grimes NCC' '.

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.