The Hutt News
12th April 1990

The Stokes Valley Fire Brigade is celebrating 50 golden years - or is that flaming years?

The highlight of the celebration this Easter weekend will be a parade of 10 fire appliances, including two veterans of fire-fighting in the valley. A Dennis 1923, which saw action after the Napier earthquake and in Stokes Valley in the 1950s, will take part courtesy of owners the Hutt Valley Vintage Car Club. The other veteran is a 1941 Ford V8 ex-Air Force truck converted in 1946 for the Stokes Valley brigade. The V8 is still being used by the Eastbourne Bushfire Force. But the appliances won't all be vintage - the brigade has even arranged for an airport crash tender to join in.

The parade starts at the fire station at 10.30am, Easter Saturday. The route is: Stokes Valley Road past shopping centre, Hawthorne Crescent, Glen Road, Stokes Valley Road to George Street intersection, up George Street, around Scott Court, up to the top end of George Street and back to the station.

Cutting of a jubilee cake, dancing, a dinner, a barbecue and photographs are also planned, with about 200 guests expected.

Stokes Valley people will get a free souvenir of the occasion. Fifty Flaming Years, a 44-page booklet detailing the brigade's history, will be delivered free to every Stokes Valley household later this week. The brigade's former secretary and a firefighter for 25 years, France Tindall, has compiled the history. His daughter, Karen, did the layout and finished artwork.