A parade of historic and modern fire engines was held in Northampton town centre today to celebrate the county’s fire service being given the freedom of Northampton.
Hundreds of people lined Abington Street, St Giles Street and The Drapery to watch the parade of about a dozen vehicles.
The county’s chief fire officer, Matryn Emberson, said the whole fire service was delighted by the support.
He said: “It was fantastic to see hundreds of people lining the route. The atmosphere was tremendous and the people of Northamptonshire made the day for us.”
Along the line of the route, many families stopped to look at the parade, which was led by firefighters’ marching bands from West Yorkshire and Devon.
Abington resident, Michael Charnley watched the parade with his four-year-old son, Ashton.
He said: “We thought the parade was great, and the band leading it was really good.
“We didn’t know it was happening beforehand, so it was a great surprise and it was great to see such a variety of vehicles.”
Before the parade, the fire service was granted the freedom of the borough during a ceremony at Northampton’s Guildhall.
The fire service is only the 26th organisation to be awarded the freedom of the borough of Northampton - the highest honour Northampton Borough Council can give any person or organisation.
Speaking during the ceremony, the leader of the council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “Since its foundation, the fire service has shown its dedication to protecting lives and properties in Northamptonshire and they have saved countless lives.
“It’s easy to forget these highly trained professionals are there at the end of the phone, ready to respond at a minutes notice, but without them, our families, our homes and our businesses would not be safe.”