Hitchin Fire Station Open Day hailed as bear-rilliant success!

A teddy parachutes down at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo

A teddy parachutes down at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

This weekend’s Hitchin Fire Station Open Day has been hailed as bear-rilliant fun – and helped three worthy charities.

Seraph, 2 and Logan Cullen, 5, and Ethan Cole, 5 at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Lo

Seraph, 2 and Logan Cullen, 5, and Ethan Cole, 5 at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

The family event which took place on Saturday afternoon at their site on Newtons Way hosted more than 600 people – with the centrepiece of the occasion being teddy bears fired from an aerial ladder platform.

There were also the usual favourites including squirting water from a fire hose, as well as using cutting gear, and of course demonstrations of chip pan fires – all in aid of three great charities including Autism Life Dogs, Letchworth’s Garden House Hospice Care and The Fire Fighters Charity.

As you can see from the superb – and bear-ly believable – photographs the Comet’s resident snapper Danny Loo took, firefighters manned the bear-ricades to ensure the airborne soft toys had a bear-able landing.

Watch commander Mark ‘Budge’ Burgess said: ““There was a great atmosphere with the highlight being the teddy bear parachuting down.

A teddy parachutes down at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo

A teddy parachutes down at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant


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“A big thank you to everyone who came to the event and making it such a success – including representatives from the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Temple in Wilbury Way, They very kindly donated all the money they made on their stall to our chosen charities.”

“It’s great to see the community come together for charity.”

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Children enjoy a fairground ride at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo

Children enjoy a fairground ride at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Logan Cullen, 5, Ethan, 5 and Lottie Cole, 2 meet Welephant at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Pictur

Logan Cullen, 5, Ethan, 5 and Lottie Cole, 2 meet Welephant at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Lottie Cole, 2 at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo

Lottie Cole, 2 at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

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