Firefighters put on a blazing show for Portsmouth pensioners

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SURFING firefighters, young gymnasts and a dance group all entertained pensioners at a party.

Up to 250 older people and 50 carers attended Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s 31st senior citizens bash at the Pyramids Centre, in Clarence Parade, Southsea.

ALL SMILES Chief Fire Officer John Bonney, centre, with Southsea crew manager Jasper Taylor, back left, and firefighter Ben Holt, back right. Seated, Patricia Smith, from Edgbaston House with Alan Taylor, from Homerose House.  (120143-5993)

ALL SMILES Chief Fire Officer John Bonney, centre, with Southsea crew manager Jasper Taylor, back left, and firefighter Ben Holt, back right. Seated, Patricia Smith, from Edgbaston House with Alan Taylor, from Homerose House. (120143-5993)

Crew manager Jasper Taylor, of Southsea fire station’s red watch – who helps to organise the party every year – said: ‘It went exceedingly well and was a successful show.

‘It was our 31st show and from our point of view everyone enjoyed it.

‘There was a good turn out and we had a full house.’

He added: ‘The party is for senior citizens in Portsmouth that live in sheltered accommodation.

‘For many of them, this is the one event to look forward to because they don’t get out to much more.’

Guests were entertained by the Portsmouth Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and street dancers 2nd 2 Nun.

Then, firefighters took to the stage providing entertainment in a combination of singing, dancing and slapstick comedy performances.

In all, 40 local firefighters took part.

Sunday’s show was split in two halves and during the interval people enjoyed tea and coffee with cakes and sandwiches.

Free raffle tickets were given out for prizes including beauty products, wines and chocolates.

Among the guests was Patricia Smith.

The 68-year-old, who lives in Edgbaston House, in Sedgley Close, Somers Town, has been going to the party for the past three years.

She said: ‘The party was great and I had a wonderful afternoon.

‘The atmosphere is always very good and the fire service look after us.

‘I enjoyed the synchronised swimming sketch.

‘I will be going to the party again next year.’

Free transport was laid on for the party guests by the ambulance service, First bus company and community transport services from Portsmouth City Council.