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Fire engine rally moves to new home.

Johnstone residents are being invited to check out vintage vehicles from through the ages this month when the area hosts one of the area’s most popular annual events for the first time.

The Fire Engine Rally will take place in the town’s Houston Square on Saturday 16 August from 11am to 4pm, and will give residents the chance to get up close to magnificent machines from throughout the decades.

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The event – run by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust – has taken place in Paisley for the past four years, but is now on the move to Johnstone.

The day will start with a parade of vehicles from the town’s fire station, leaving at 11am, with the fire engines due to assemble in Houston Square for the rest of the day.

Visitors will be able to enjoy family entertainment throughout the day, including chip-pan fire demos from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and a bouncy fire engine.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will be taking a starring role on the day – when she is cut out of a car and ‘rescued’ by firefighters.

She met with members of the SFRS Heritage Trust, and serving firefighters from Johnstone Fire Station, to help promote the event, alongside two fire engines dating back to 1982 and 1970 respectively, and one of the current ones from Johnstone.

Provost Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally has been a popular part of the council’s town centre events programme for a number of years now.

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“In previous years it has attracted a crowd of thousands – and it would be lovely to see a similar turnout for the event in its new home in Johnstone.

“Events like this are great for bringing in a crowd and boosting local traders, and we are keen to spread those benefits around the entire area.

“The people at the heritage trust show tremendous dedication to maintain these vehicles and keep them alive for everybody to enjoy, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.

“And the event offers a great chance for serving firefighters to meet the public and for everybody to show their appreciation for the great work our emergency services do.”

Dave Adam, chair of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust, added: “This is the fifth year we have held the event, which has been bigger and better each year.

“This will be the first time in Johnstone and it will also be the first public appearance of a turntable ladder which dates back to 1939, which we hope will help make it a successful day.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator text=”camera”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A fleet of vintage fire engines will roll through Paisley town centre when the popular Fire Engine Rally returns on Saturday 18 August.

The free event will see an impressive fleet of engines, dating from the 19th century to the present day, proceed through the town from the Fire Station on Canal Street to County Square.

The parade will leave the fire station at 11am, progressing through Causeyside St and Gilmour St.

There will be plenty of entertainment for adults and children throughout the day, including fire safety demonstrations and giveaways. It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to see some of the impressive fire appliances used at Glasgow Airport.

Area Commander Alan Fairbairn of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “I am absolutely delighted that Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society have this opportunity to showcase their vintage fire engines. This wonderful event allows us to meet the communities that we serve, in order to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This is Paisley’s fourth annual Fire Engine Rally and it has developed into a wonderful event. It’s a great opportunity to see up close some of the fascinating vehicles which have been used over the years by the fire service.”

The event is run in partnership with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Society which is operated by volunteers who have an interest in the traditions of the fire service. Most weekends they provide fire appliances to events, open days and galas as well as supporting charitable causes.

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Here are a few images from today’s Fire Engine Rally held in Paisley town centre.

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