Hastings residents got into the Olympic spirit at their Community Fire Station Open Day on Saturday (28th July).
More than one thousand people turned up for the event, at Bohemia Road, and saw first-hand kitchen fire simulations, road traffic collision demonstrations, Active Hastings and other displays.
Even Fireman Sam made an appearance much to the delight of the excited children who were there.
Visitors were given a chance to have their photo taken with Olympic Torch Bearer Lawrence Page. Families were generous in their donations to the Fire Fighters Charity when having their photo taken, which all helped to raise £240 on the day for the charity.
Forty-five-year-old Lawrence proudly carried the torch through the town’s celebrations on July 17th after being nominated for this prestigious role by Hastings firefighters. Twenty-five years ago, Lawrence, who has learning difficulties, walked into Hastings community fire station and volunteered to wash service vehicles and fire appliances. He's since worked at the station every Saturday.
Crew Commander Tony Giles said:
“It was a fantastic day and gave families the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Olympic Torch, as well as meeting Lawrence who is not only an asset to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service but Hastings too. The Olympic Torch symbolised the start of the 2012 Olympic Games and we wanted residents to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it in person and be snapped with it!
“We hope families enjoyed their snapshot of what goes on at their local fire station, as well as picking up a few invaluable safety tips along the way.”