Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Fire fighters commemorated for 70 years experience

08:30 08 March 2014

Steve Fisher, Alan Pearce and Stephen Hillman 20yrs with group command Neil Blackburn and Bruce Lesslie, station commander. Pic: Graham Hobbs

Steve Fisher, Alan Pearce and Stephen Hillman 20yrs with group command Neil Blackburn and Bruce Lesslie, station commander. Pic: Graham Hobbs


Celebration held for three fire fighters leaving Bideford Fire Station.

THREE Bideford fire fighters who recently left the station have been awarded for nearly 70 years of experience between them.

Alan Pearce retired after a career of 35 years in the fire service, and was awarded a chrome-coated axe for his dedication.

Steve Fisher, who served 15 years as a retained fire fighter and is now working full time at Barnstaple Fire Station, and Steve Hillman, who served 20 years, were also recognised.

They both received a decanter specially made for them at Dartington Crystal.

Bruce Lesslie, station commander at Bideford, said the evening at Bideford Angling Club was a success and attended by friends, past and current colleagues.

He said: “I’d like to thank them for the service they have given to the fire brigade as well as the town of Bideford over 70 years of service between them.”


Other News Stories

40 minutes ago
Lorraine Cleverdon and Chris Taylor from  Highbullen Hotel (pictured with host Judi Spiers and guest speaker Peter Gorton) pick up one of two awards on the night. Picture: Nick Williams

Gold, silver and bronze at glittering evening for local hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Read more
An artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will look

Developers have submitted a planning application for the food and retail area of the Anchorwood Bank development.

Read more
Crowds will gather for the Bideford light switch on this Sunday

Don’t miss the big switch on this Sunday on the quay

Read more
13 minutes ago

Efforts are underway to save the memories of local veterans before they are lost forever.

Read more

Open evening at Appledore Fire Station on Thursday, December 3.

Read more
Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox is joined by pupils from Holsworthy Community College and Shebbear College as he presents the first stage of his Parliamentary Petition on rural roads to 10 Downing Sreet. Picture: Submitted

Government urged to do more to improve the condition of rural roads

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Volunteers at Grosvenor Church with just some of the Christmas shoeboxes

Thousands donate boxes for needy children around the world

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Go North Devon staff and volunteers collecting for the SOS Appeal. Picture: Tony Freeman

Appeal to North Devon companies to help preserve ring and ride plus shopmobility services

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Was this artwork created by a celebrity? Place your bid in the Children's Hospice SW charity online auction

Children’s Hospice South West hosts secret online charity auction

Read more
Friday, November 27, 2015
Libby Ross of Devon and Severn IFCA tags a blonde ray in Bideford Bay. Picture: Steph Davies

Fishermen join tagging scheme to prove ray stocks are abundant off the North Devon coast

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications