Article and images by Jonathan White
The inaugural ‘Cheshire Emergency Services Day’ in Nantwich took place at The Weaver Stadium on Sunday 8th July 2018 in aid of The Donna Louise.
Numerous emergency services were represented including fire and rescue service, police, ambulance and blood bikes – with many of the 999-related exhibitors based in Nantwich.
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service had several appliances on display, a ‘Dunk the Firefighter’ game, and ‘Be Safe Near Water’ awareness campaign.
There was also a restored City of Chester Fire Service Dennis F7 fire appliance from 1949.
Cheshire Police brought two police cars, a van, and two bicycles with the opportunity to sit inside the vehicles and try out a riot shield.
North West Ambulance Service’s Ambulance First Responders gave CPR demonstrations and defibrillator familiarisation sessions.
North Staffordshire Voluntary First Aid Service displayed an ambulance.
Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire Blood Bikes had a display of their bikes which people could sit on, and they gave information about how they provide free-of-charge urgent transportation of medical items.
Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group had three vehicles on display: a Jaguar 1993 XJ 40 PS motorway patrol car, a 2012 Ford Focus neighbourhood response team police car and a Range Rover P38a control vehicle.
The Range Rover was used on 6th September 1997 to escort Diana Princess of Wales’ hearse from Hyde Park Corner to Althorp.
The vehicle was restored to its original special escort group condition by owner Richard Hopkins.
There was also an artisan market, ‘Beat the Goalie’ competition, face painting and a children’s funfair. Refreshments were available from the Dabbers Diner and other outlets.
Nantwich Town FC stewards supervised the event.
Local radio station The Cat 107.9 FM kept visitors entertained throughout the event with a range of upbeat music and there was appearance by Twitchy the cat who was later ‘arrested’!
Proceeds from the event will go to The Donna Louise which provides support and care for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families in Staffordshire and Cheshire.