Big crowds heed siren’s call as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone

The annual Fire Engine Rally returned to Johnstone on Saturday 13 August and hundreds of people from across the West of Scotland come into the town centre to celebrate.

Big crowds descended on Houstoun Square to get up close to vintage vehicles and modern machines during an afternoon-long party of music and family fun in the town centre.

Big crowds heed siren’s call as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone

This was the third time the annual Renfrewshire Council-run event has taken place in Johnstone – having moved from its previous home in Paisley in 2014 – and is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire supporting Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Visitors young and old had the chance to see machines lovingly kept alive by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust.

The day began with a parade of fire engines from Johnstone Fire Station, down Thorn Brae, to Houstoun Square.

Local firefighters were hand to demonstrate fire safety, showing people what the impact can be of a chip pan bursts into flames.

And Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall got in on the action when firefighters showed off their skills to the crowd by cutting her out of a car.

Provost Hall said: “The Fire Engine Rally is always a fantastic display of heritage and modern fire vehicles that is a real family event and this year was no different.

“It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this popular event, which bring hundreds of people into the town centre and is a boost to local traders.

“Behind the fun, there was a serious safety message and a chance for the fire service to meet the public and explain a bit more about the work they do.

“My thanks go to them for helping make the day such a success.”

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Spring 2017.

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