Judges assessing Northampton for East Midlands in Bloom competition

An engine at The Mounts fire station  decorated with flowers for East Midlands in Bloom. It came into service two years after the station was built.
An engine at The Mounts fire station decorated with flowers for East Midlands in Bloom. It came into service two years after the station was built.

Firefighters at The Mounts station decked out a 1930’s engine in an attempt to impress the East Midlands in Bloom judges.

Blue Watch chose the vintage engine, which is kept on the premises, to display their best blooms in keeping with the station’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

Firefighter Steve Corcoran, whose ex-firefighter dad discovered the vehicle on a farm in Hertfordshire, said: “I think the judges were quite taken with it.

“We’ve been polishing the brass and working hard getting it ready for a little while and I think they appreciated the effort.

“One of them even had a ring of the bell.”

Blue Watch are helping represent Northampton as the judges get ferried around to the various entrants today (Tuesday).

The Mounts crew is hoping to go two better on last year’s bronze award.

Anyone who wants another chance to see the engine will be able to join in the free anniversary celebrations on Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

There will also be an 1815-built steam roller, a double decker bus, and various military vehicles.

Live music and a bouncy castle will also be on site.

Various foods will be available, the profits from which will go to the Children’s Burns Trust,