Villagers reminisce in Banwell’s past

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 February 2018

Visitors and former fire fighters at the fire station in East Street, for Banwell Fair day.

Visitors and former fire fighters at the fire station in East Street, for Banwell Fair day.

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A village fire station opened its doors to the public this weekend, offering an insight into the life-saving facility’s decades of history.

Banwell’s Victorian fire station, in East Street, held an open day, as villagers delved into the history of Banwell.

A wide range of old-fashioned fire-fighting equipment was on display, as former firefighters shared their memories of the Banwell Volunteer Fire Unit, which was formed in the 1980s after county fire services were withdrawn.

The volunteers now organise charity events in the village, including the popular Christmas float.

The history of the fire station dates back to the 1880s, when a resident of the neighbouring Banwell Abbey donated the building and a fire engine to the crew – which was originally based at St Andrew’s Church.

The fire station was run by volunteers until the Second World War when it was taken on by the National Fire Service.

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