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ORGANISERS have hailed the first emergency services day at a Leigh Park shopping mall as a big success.

Police cars, a fire engine, a hovering helicopter and games for children were all part of Saturday’s event held at Greywell Shopping Centre.

(left to right), Caitlin Brooks (nine), and her brother Jordan Brooks (eight), from Paulsgrove with Lloyd Cavill from the RNLI.

(left to right), Caitlin Brooks (nine), and her brother Jordan Brooks (eight), from Paulsgrove with Lloyd Cavill from the RNLI.

Sergeant Garry Smith of Leigh Park Police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team said he was thrilled at the community response to the event.

He said: ‘It’s amazing to see it all come to fruition.’

Emergency services made safety demonstrations and community groups were on hand to tell people everything from the dangers of loan sharks to the importance of looking after the environment.

A police helicopter also put in an appearance in the skies above the shopping centre before flying away.

17/05/14  SA''An emergency service day was held at The Greywell and Park Parade Precinct in Leigh Park. The Odyssey dance group entertain.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141444-3) PPP-140517-163952003

17/05/14 SA''An emergency service day was held at The Greywell and Park Parade Precinct in Leigh Park. The Odyssey dance group entertain.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141444-3) PPP-140517-163952003

Ted Munro, of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, added: ‘It’s been really well organised and we’ve had a lot of interest from the public.’

Sgt Smith said he expected the emergency services day would be repeated next year.

The event was part of the Leigh Park Festival with events encompassing fun, fashion and nature, to run until Sunday, May 25.

17/05/14  SA''An emergency service day was held at The Greywell and Park Parade Precinct in Leigh Park. (left), Special Constable Lana Owen and Martin Calder [07887511549] with his American police car.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141444-1) PPP-140517-163923003

17/05/14 SA''An emergency service day was held at The Greywell and Park Parade Precinct in Leigh Park. (left), Special Constable Lana Owen and Martin Calder [07887511549] with his American police car.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141444-1) PPP-140517-163923003