Vintage fire engines, classic fire service uniforms and historical firefighting equipment will be on display this Wednesday (28 March) for a free one day only exhibition at St. Enoch Square, Glasgow. It is part of an event to mark 100 years since the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) was founded.
In what promises to be a fascinating walk through of firefighting history, this family-friendly event is one of a series of events to be held throughout the UK to mark the FBU’s centenary year. Visitors can also expect to see a pipe band perform as well as stalls selling firefighting merchandise.
The day will coincide with the 58th anniversary of the Cheapside Street fire which killed 19 firefighters and salvage corps members in 1960. A memorial service is being held on the same day by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Chris McGlone, executive council member for the FBU in Scotland, said: “The history of firefighting is one of solidarity, danger and duty. One of the best tributes we can pay to those firefighters who lost their lives tackling that fire 58 years ago is to ensure future generations remember their sacrifice.
“In only the last few days Glasgow has witnessed yet another devastating fire in the city centre. It shows the fire and rescue service is as vital today as it has always been in the past. Anyone who is interested in the fire service, its history and equipment will find this exhibition fascinating.”
When: Wednesday, 28 March 2018. 10am – 1pm
Where: St Enoch’s Square, Glasgow, G1 4AA