On the 6th December, 240FLM travelled to the far South East of London to attend a unique, but hopefully not the last, event of its kind at Sidcup Fire Station.
The event, organised as a result of a recent incident attended by that station where an elderly retired London Fireman expressed his loneliness and how he wished he could meet other likeminded people with the same background, was an initial attempt to re- establish old bonds and create new friendships. It is hoped this type of event will create an avenue through which retirees can avoid the loneliness sometimes experienced after retirement.
A wonderful day which was well attended and the hospitality of the station staff was fantastic with an abundant spread of the traditional fare fire firemen/firefighters of cheese and onion sandwiches ( or rolls!), cakes and plenty of tea in white mugs.
240FLM was on display alongside its modern Metz counterpart and much interest was shown in our restoration, this in turn created many a discussion between the retired attendees about who did what and all those incidents attended over so many years.
A superb day and hosted with great dignity and care by all those involved.
You are respectfully reminded that all the images used here are subject to standard UK copyright laws and no copying or reproduction should take place without the express permission of the 240FLM TL Preservation Group and individual photographers.
Dave Porter & Paul Wing