A CELEBRATION took place yesterday (Thursday, March 30) which looked back on the work and history of Bolton North Community Fire Station since it began serving and protecting the community of Bolton in 1967.
Current and ex staff members from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) came together at the station to celebrate an outstanding 50 years of service.
Retired members of staff who previously worked at the Crompton Way station reunited, along with the current firefighters who serve the community of Bolton today.
Brian Thomas, a member of the original crew at Bolton North, said: “It’s fantastic that everyone has reunited here today to celebrate, with some people travelling a long way.
“It has been an absolutely brilliant day and it is lovely to see all the old photos and memorabilia.
Green Watch firefighter, Mick Massey, organised the event, allowing attendees to look back on history by sharing memorabilia and stories from over the 50 years, including the good and the difficult times.
“It’s the people who have worked at Bolton Central Community Fire Station that have made the past 50 years so amazing.
“They have made the memories, served the community and done fantastic work.”
The 1957 Dennis-Metz 125ft turntable ladder fire engine which is kept in the GMFRS museum in Rochdale was brought to the station, which showed the change of the fire service over the years.
Station Manager Paul Tod said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome all staff to celebrate 50 years of service and it has been a wonderful day.
“Everyone who the attended the event has been very proud to be a part of Bolton North Community Fire Station and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”