Fire! Fire! Parade in Biggar tomorrow (Sunday)

Special arrival for the exhibition on fire fighting at Biggar's museum
Special arrival for the exhibition on fire fighting at Biggar's museum

Fire engines from throughout the decades will parade through Biggar this Sunday to mark the opening of a new exhibition in the new museum.

Led by Biggar Pipe Band, the parade will feature three modern fire engines from West Linton, Biggar and Lanark, as well as two old engines travelling all the way from Greenock, and ancient pieces of uniform will feature, along with Fireman Sam and Blaze Bear.

The parade blasts off from the fire station and should be in the High Street for 2pm, heading for the museum.

There, visitors can see around an engine or try on uniform.

“This is the opening of our exhibition on firefighting from the 1940s until now,” said Ann Matheson of Biggar Museum Trust.

“Biggar Fire Brigade intends to donate four pieces of fire equipment which we’ll be exhibiting along with fire-fighters’ uniforms and equipment and other bits and pieces over almost 100 years.”

The exhibits will include a Lady Godiva fire cart, which has been beautifully restored.

And the Trust are delighted with the co-operation they have had from the fire service.

“It has been a great community effort,” said Ann. “It is brilliant that we get this kind of splendid goodwill.”

‘Fire! Fire! 75 Years of Rural Firefighting’ runs in the special exhibition room at Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum until August.