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Vintage engines mark Nottingham Central Fire Station closure

Big red fire engine
Image caption The fire engines took part in a parade around the station

Vintage fire engines lined up to mark the closure of Nottingham's main fire station.

Operations based at the 76-year-old Central Fire Station have now moved to a specially-constructed building in London Road.

Past and present members of the fire service met to mark the occasion.

The vintage vehicles on display included turntable ladders from the 1930s, rescue engines from the 1950s and 1980s' Dennis engines.

Image caption The parade was supported by the Fire Service Preservation Group
Image caption Retired fire fighter Dave Needham organised the event
Image caption Station manager Andy Lindley said the parade "shows how much things have changed over time"
Image caption The 15 vehicles paraded around the block before lining up for the last time in front of the station

Station manager Andy Lindley said: "This is the last look at Central before it closes, and what better way to give a nod to its history than by showcasing fire engines and other vehicles which have served here through the years.

"The parade shows how much things have changed over time, from the 1930s' appliances to present day models which are more advanced to suit the changing needs of a modern fire service."

Image caption Nottingham Central Fire Station was built in 1940
Image caption In 1940, Nottingham fire fighters standing at the top of the hose drying tower could see flames from the Second World War bombing of Coventry - 40 miles (65km) away

The closure also gave people the chance to see photographs of staff and equipment over the past 76 years.

Image copyright David Needham
Image caption The Leyland Cub fire appliance was used from 1920s through the 1940s
Image copyright David Needham
Image caption Blue Watch at Nottingham's Central Fire Station in 1938
Image copyright David Needham
Image caption The fire service's control room during the Second World War

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