Photo Special: Big crowds turn out as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone Photo Special: Big crowds turn out as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone
Hundreds of residents enjoyed getting up close to vintage vehicles when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally rolled into Johnstone at the weekend. Big crowds... Photo Special: Big crowds turn out as Fire Engine Rally returns to Johnstone

Hundreds of residents enjoyed getting up close to vintage vehicles when the ever-popular Fire Engine Rally rolled into Johnstone at the weekend.

1st Houston BB pipers L-R Adam Willbond, Daniel Evans (11), Matthew Hill (13)

1st Houston BB pipers L-R Adam Willbond, Daniel Evans (11), Matthew Hill (13)

Big crowds descended on Houstoun Square for a full afternoon of family fun as emergency vehicles old and new gathered in the town centre.

This was the second time the annual Renfrewshire Council-run event has taken place in Johnstone – having moved from its previous home in Paisley in 2014.

Visitors young and old had the chance to see machines lovingly kept alive by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust.

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Provost Children and Fire Dog handler Duncan Carmichael with dog Billy

Provost Children and Fire Dog handler Duncan Carmichael with dog Billy

The day began with a parade of fire engines from Johnstone Fire Station, down Thorn Brae, to Houstoun Square.

Attractions on in the town centre during the day included birds of prey, a bouncy castle and a selection of stalls.

Local firefighters were hand to demonstrate fire safety, including showing people what the impact can be of a chip pan bursts into flames.

And Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall got in on the action when firefighters showed off their skills to the crowd by cutting her out of a car.

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Provost Hall said: “Once again, it was an absolute pleasure to get out and about at the Fire Engine Rally, which is always a really popular event.

“By holding these events in the town centre we are bringing business in for local traders.

“There was a serious safety message on the day as it was a chance for the fire service to meet the public and explain a bit more about the work they do.

“My thanks go to them for helping make the day such a success.”

Provost with Johnstone Fire Station Manager Kevin Hughes

Provost with Johnstone Fire Station Manager Kevin Hughes

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Charlie McWilliams (5) from Paisley

Charlie McWilliams (5) from Paisley

Children meet Fireman Sam

Children meet Fireman Sam

What happens when you put water on burning chip pan

What happens when you put water on burning chip pan

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Carla Young (5) with Stewart Priest

Abigail Coyne (8 )from Johnstone with Common Barn Owl Snowflake

Abigail Coyne (8 )from Johnstone with Common Barn Owl Snowflake

Joey Larkin (2) from Johnstone

Joey Larkin (2) from Johnstone

Ava Barr (3) from Linwood

Ava Barr (3) from Linwood