Fire-fighters get cheque from Fakenham Rector 

Fakenham Firefighters cheque 4On Sunday June 1 the Fakenham firefighters who fought the devastating fire in Fakenham town centre the previous Sunday were presented with a cheque by the town’s Rector, Rev Adrian Bell. 

Thanks were given to Fakenham’s firefighters at the Sunday service in the town’s parish church, one week on from the fire which destroyed the former Aldiss department store in the town centre. The century-old building on Upper Market Place, which had become home to the Original Factory Shop, was engulfed in flames on May 25, bringing more than 100 firefighters to the town.
The Lynn News reports that the Rector, the Rev Adrian Bell, said prayers for all those affected by the disaster and presented a cheque for £1,000 to firefighters for the Fire Fighters Charity which cares for present and former members of the service and their families. Mr Bell presented the cheque to watch manager Gary Thorpe, and told worshippers: “I hope never again to have to shout out the words ‘Fire. Get out of the church’.”
Rev Bell told worshippers: “All I can really say is thank God for our firefighters as at one point I really thought the church might burn down. They did exceptionally well to hose the building as the fire raged just yards away from the walls.”
Firefighters returned to the scene on Tuesday to hose down the charred ruins of the former Aldiss building, after a smouldering fire which had developed from the embers was discovered nine days after the original blaze broke out.
Pictured above is Rev Adrian Bell presenting the cheque to the Fakenham firefighters.
The photo is courtesy of James B K Bell.
See Lynn News for more on this story.

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