Firefighters reunite in Worthing

Arthur Prole, who left in 1966 in the centre, with others at the event
Arthur Prole, who left in 1966 in the centre, with others at the event

RETIRED firefighters reunited – 50 years to the day that Worthing’s fire station moved to Broadwater.

On September 22, 1962, firefighters drove their engines from their old base, in High Street, to the current station in Ardsheal Road.

On Saturday, in commemoration of the journey, retired servicemen were transported in vintage engines along the route to the station, where they were shown around and then celebrated with a party.

Around 40 former firefighters and a few members of the public turned up for the event.

District commander Roy Barraclough said: “It was absolutely fantastic and it was nice to reunite some old members of the service.

“We got them in some old West Sussex fire engines and drove up from The Steyne to the station.”

The oldest returning serviceman was Arthur Prole, 96, who retired in 1966.

Roy said: “Arthur, despite his age, coped very well with the day and it was nice to be able to show him round and explain how things have changed.

“He was actually one of the people in charge of the very first shifts when the new station opened. To have him here was really special.”

In the evening, the station was transformed to include a dance floor and played host to a live band and DJ.

Roy said: “Understandably, some of the elder servicemen did not stay for the whole evening, but it was a brilliant day.”