At 11:00 the Mayor of Abingdon, Councillor Angela Lawrence, together with the Oxfordshire Chief Fire Officer, Dave Etheridge, opened the day’s events. The Mayor then unveiled a plaque celebrating 50 years of The Abingdon Fire Station on Ock Street.
At 12:00 there were Group photos. There were many present, former, and possibly future colleagues of the Fire Service in the pictures.
At 13:00 there was Bun throwing from the top of the fire station tower.
The people of Abingdon love a bun throw. Some buns had the number 50 inscribed.
At 14:00 there was Morris Dancing.
And at 15:00 the event was closed with a release of balloons. The winning balloon wins a holiday.
Throughout the day there was the chance to take part in Fire Service activities, from climbing the ladder, as demonstrated in the picture by one of the firemen, to directing a fire hose, to going up in the hydraulic lift, and going in the fire engines.
There were also stalls, some very good cakes, and an exhibition about the Abingdon Fire Service from early years through to the present.