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PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 July 2020

London's Burning star Sean Blowers at 


Ipswich Fire Station open day in 1989

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London's Burning star Sean Blowers at Ipswich Fire Station open day in 1989 Picture: ARCHANT

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Today we are sharing more memories of Ipswich Fire Station’s open days over the years, including photos of events in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Ipswich Fire Service Open Day in September 1978

 Picture: ARCHANTIpswich Fire Service Open Day in September 1978 Picture: ARCHANT

A special guest at the 1989 event was Sean Blowers, star of the hit TV drama series London’s Burning, who grew up in Ipswich.

On parade at the Ipswich fire station open day in 1984 - this photo brought back memories for Peter Coleman Picture: ARCHANTOn parade at the Ipswich fire station open day in 1984 - this photo brought back memories for Peter Coleman Picture: ARCHANT

One of the photos here shows Sean operating some firefighting equipment.

This photo from the 1984 open day brought back memories for reader Peter Coleman, who recognised Keith Ottywill  Picture: ARCHANTThis photo from the 1984 open day brought back memories for reader Peter Coleman, who recognised Keith Ottywill Picture: ARCHANT

Peter Coleman wrote in with his memories after our previous article about the 1984 open day.

Peter Coleman's father, Ted, owned the engine in this photo, at the Ipswich fire station open day in 1984 Picture: ARCHANTPeter Coleman's father, Ted, owned the engine in this photo, at the Ipswich fire station open day in 1984 Picture: ARCHANT

He wrote: “I did not attend but I do have some knowledge about some of the people and appliances contained in the article.

Crowds watch a rescue demonstration at the Ipswich Fire Station open day in September 1991 Picture: ARCHANTCrowds watch a rescue demonstration at the Ipswich Fire Station open day in September 1991 Picture: ARCHANT

“In the “on parade” picture, in amongst the line up in the middle the man with the beard and without a helmet is my brother Alan Coleman and second to the right of him is my father E T Coleman (known to all as Ted Coleman) and just to the right of him is Keith Ottywill.”

Getting the chance to be in the front seat of a fire engine at Ipswich Fire Station open day in 1985  Picture: ARCHANTGetting the chance to be in the front seat of a fire engine at Ipswich Fire Station open day in 1985 Picture: ARCHANT

A couple of the photos also featured the Austin K3 Heavy Pumping Unit owned by Peter’s father.

Frankie Howerd preparing to film And Churchill Said to Me in 1982. Reader Peter Coleman remembers two wartime fire pumps were used during the filming Picture: ARCHANTFrankie Howerd preparing to film And Churchill Said to Me in 1982. Reader Peter Coleman remembers two wartime fire pumps were used during the filming Picture: ARCHANT

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Peter said: “One photo showed the unit in action with, at the rear, Alan Coleman operating the pump and my father supervising operation of the pump. The K3 was shown to be an AFS unit (Auxillary Fire Service) and if I recall correctly was painted red at the time.

“Normally myself and my other brother John would have been part of the ‘crew’, but I suspect that, if the open day were on a Saturday, then I would have been playing football and John playing rugby.”

Another photo featured Keith Ottywill operating a small towed pump. Peter said: “He was also the owner of the grey NFS (National Fire Service) Austin K2 vehicle in the background of the picture.

“I can recall that both these units (my father’s K3 and Keith’s K2) were again called into action as part of a television programme starring Frankie Howerd, Then Churchill Said to Me, when they were filming in Ipswich, in London Road and the two units were used as part of the filming. This was reported in the EADT at the time. I was part of the crew that day.

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“My father also owned another wartime heavy pumping unit, a Ford Variant of the Austin, but we did not have that one running.

“At that time we used to attend many old time rallies and the Ipswich to Felixstowe Road Run annually. My father used to have many, many old items, so many in fact that he and my mother Pam opened the Coleman Collection of Bygones at the then family home of Longueville House in Needham Market.

“My father is still alive today and lives in retirement at Overstrand in Norfolk, and he is soon to celebrate his 92nd birthday.”

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