Ellon Open Day pleases the crowds
30 May 2013
The weather on Saturday 25th May was the icing on the cake for the annual open day at Ellon Fire Station, Aberdeenshire
Large crowds from the local community and surrounding area once again came out in droves for the annual Ellon open day. Visitors took the opportunity to tour the station and meet local firefighters. The public were shown around the appliances and specialist support vehicles and were provided with a fascinating insight into the work of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. They witnessed an emergency response first hand when appliances responded to two emergency calls, one just after the event opened and one just before it closed.
Watch Manager, Ron Beedie would like to thank the local community and businesses for their continued support and said: “Once again the public have turned out in their thousands to support this joint open day with our colleagues from Police Scotland, and I would like to thank them, and the local businesses for their continued support.
“Everyone who attended had a great time and enjoyed taking part in the stalls on offer which included face painting, tombola, bouncy castle, tea/coffee and home baking as well as a barbeque.
“The Ellon and District Legion Pipe Band had everyone tapping their toes as they performed on the day, and everyone enjoyed the vintage tractor display from the Ferguson Club who visited the open day for the first time this year.
“We raised over £6,000, an incredible amount, which will go to local charities and The Fire Fighters Charity.”
Local Senior Officer David Rout, who officially opened the day, added: “We were delighted to welcome such large crowds to what has become an important date in the local community's events calendar.
“Our firefighters were very busy, not only entertaining people and showing them around the station and vehicles, but providing them with potentially life-saving fire safety advice, as well as offering free home fire safety visits to make people safer in their homes.
“We worked closely with our partners from Police Scotland to make sure the day was a success and the public were also able to visit the police office at Bridge Street as part of this joint open day.”