75 Flaming Years - 1940-2015 Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade, A 75th Jubilee Celebration !!! - Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Saturday the 30th May 2015 dawned reasonably fine and clear, although a little on the cool side, at around 10 deg C, but a lot warmer than earlier in the week when we experienced overnight temperatures down to -2.0C and heavy frosts of -7.5deg C and -6.0 deg C on both Tuesday and Wednesday - the day after all that snow which dusted the hills quite low around Stokes Valley on the Monday earlier in the week.
Light dusting of snow on hills surrounding Stokes Valley
First snow on hills Stokes Valley since snowfall of 2011
7.5 deg frost following day of hill snowfall
Murphy's Law - forgot to cover frost sensitive plants like citrus spp.!
Good hoar frost coats everything right up to midday.
A 75th Anniversary Celebration (1940-2015) - Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Saturday 30 May, 2015
Actually, I wasn't planning to attend the celebrations, and noted that the morning was turning out fairly pleasantly weather-wise, with a bit of sunshine and little wind really to worry about, although the air was somewhat on the cool side, hovering around 13.0 deg C by midday. And so, I figured, they were fortunate weather-wise, in striking such a pleasant day for their Anniversary, considering we were not too far off mid-winter in another month or so ...
Parents with young excited children were making their way on foot towards the Fire Station, by mid morning, and perhaps close to 100 cars were parked along our street leading to the Fire Station, during the morning ... so it was obviously big draw card, and a must-attend occasion for the local population...
However, a little before 1pm, I decided, 'why not pop down to the Fire Station', handily, just down the road from where we lived ... camera in hand - just in case, and maybe do a blog on it ...'take it as it comes' ...
Pictorial Review of the 75th Jubilee -Stokes Valley Volunteer Fire Service - Celebrating 75 Flaming Years 1940-2015
"I wondered where all that noise was coming from? 8-D
The Big Day!
"O.K. chaps' - let's really give them something to talk about!"
Aw, he's so cute!
"I hate when they keep teasing me about my name! Why couldn't they have called me 'Flick' or something like that?"
Inside, where the fire engines sleep - looking outside at F.F. Public Display 75th Memorabilia Table and Sausage Sizzle !
Manning (?) the help desk! Names - I forget 8-(
- just joking
"Make sure he doesn't take any pictures inside my Fire truck, eh." - Lee Larson (Upper Hutt Operational Support) and Stuart Berkeley (QFF - Qualified Firefighter)
"I don't know about taking our pictures, though?
Kat Smith (Firefighter); Renee Moffitt (Firefighter); Lee Larson (Upper Hutt Operational Support)
"Go on, be a sport!" 8-)
"There, it wasn't so bad after all, was it now... but, but , why did you have to blink?" 8-D Kat Smith, FF Fire Fighter ( you'll have to remember to keep those pretty eyes open when you are aiming that hose now, ok?); Renee Moffitt ( FF Firefighter extraodinaire); Lee Larson (Upper Hutt Operational Support)
Standing Easy in front of Unit - Gordon Gibson ( SFFM); Damian Jackson (Qualified Firefighter); Steve Mercer (FF Firefighter 24 years);
Benjamin Horn ( Firefighter) and Gordon Gibson (SFFM)
Phil Elworthy ( Chief Fire Officer)
Nerve Centre the Operations Room - where's the fire!
"how come I can't see any smoke?"
"This one is my favorite, 'cos it's got all that glittery feminine stuff on it!" Kat Smith (Firefighter) ... "Oh, that's cute!" 8-)
This blog has the official seal of approval 8-)? Phil Elworthy, (Chief Fire Officer)
Crowd gathers to watch the Grande Finale long after the car 'flipped' earlier in the day - which I missed!
One way to get warm - and besides plants love CO2, and tolerate the other stuff ! 8-)
... that's what can happen when you leave the cooking unattended!
NISSAN LAUREL - fire sale ?
"No, sorry, Flick. You're going to have to do better than that!"
S.O. Alan Cappleman and QFF Liam Cappleman (Father and Son)
"That's better, Flick, but don't let it all go at once!"
Phil Elworthy (C.F.O.) and Gordon Gibson (SFFM)
That'll learn it a lesson, eh, Flick!"
"Cough, cough! I think we might need a bit more H2O, Flick!"
End of a perfect day!
That was a good year! I should know 8-D (and I've got the t-shirt to prove it as well...)
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