- Old mates shine on -
Papatoetoe Volunteer Fire Service celebrates its 75th jubilee on ANZAC weekend and organisers say it will be as much about remembering lost firemen as it is about celebrating with old friends.
Kicking off on ANZAC Day, a parade down Gt South Rd will precede a memorial to firemen who’ve died.
Papatoetoe firefighter Ian Morrison
wears the traditional uniform
and carries his original axe.
Longtime fire fighter Ian Morrison says the loss of three buddies at sea will be noted in particular. “It’s 24 years to the day on that Friday that they went missing,” adds reunion secretary Bill Dickson.
Activities include breakfasts, parades and a Saturday night “Dine and Dance.”
Ex-firemen are coming from as far north as Russell and as far south as Tauranga – one is even travelling back from Scotland.
Up to 100 people are expected at the event.
Mr Dickson joined the Papatoetoe service in 1969 when he was only 16. Throughout the 1970s they fought about 70 fires each year and that number has grown considerably, he says.
by My Town
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