Sunday, 01 August 2021

Living Advent Day 19: Firefighters save Santa

FATHER Christmas was rescued from the roof of Henley fire station on the 19th night of the town?s Living Advent Calendar last night (Saturday).

FATHER Christmas was rescued from the roof of Henley fire station on the 19th night of the town?s Living Advent Calendar last night (Saturday).

Firefighters Paul Herrington, Anna Van Leemputten, Ian Birch, Bryn Gedney and crew manager Alastair Letchford arrived in an engine with its blue lights flashing to help after he crashed his sleigh.

After erecting a ladder their colleague Bryn Gedney scaled it to get to the roof of the West Street station.



He took his sack full of presents first before helping Father Christmas, played by firefighter Nick Shuttleworth, to safety.

He then gave advice on road safety over the festive period to the crowd of more than 70 people before the fire crew had to extinguish a ?fire? among the presents he had delivered.



Fortunately, the performance went off without a hitch and the crew weren?t called to an emergency.

Beforehand Joe Flynn, Laura Cuddon and Lauren Chester, of the the Rioga Academy, performed a series of Irish dances for the audience.



Afterwards children and parents could look around the station and meet the service?s mascot Drago the Dragon.

Crew manager Michael Saunders told the Henley Standard: ?It went really well - I think everybody enjoyed it. We managed to get a few fire safety messages in with our performance.

?The firefighters are fantastic, all of them. The ladder pitch, their comedy, was perfectly timed.

?We like to get involved with the community and try and educate the community as well.?

Richard Rodway, chairman of the Living Advent Calendar, added: ?It?s fantastic fun, it always is at the fire station. The service put on a great show and the local people really turn out for them in force. I think it embodies that community festive spirit that the living advent is all about.?

The evening?s chosen charity was Camp Mohawk, a day centre providing holiday activities for children with special needs in Wargrave.

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