Pledge to protect fire engine

Martin Spurling, Mayor of Needham Market, with the fire engine at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
Martin Spurling, Mayor of Needham Market, with the fire engine at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
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UP TO £2,000 will be spent to make sure Needham Market’s historic fire engine is well protected while it is on public show.

The 1911 vehicle, which was originally drawn by one or two horses and was the last steam fire engine to attend a fire anywhere in the UK, was handed back to Needham Market Town Council, which decided it should be on public display at the Museum of East Anglian Life in nearby Stowmarket, where it was taken on the back of a low-loader in September.

It is hoped to make use of former ironwork balustrade from the former fire HQ in Ipswich and employ an expert to cut and reshape it to make a security barrier for the fire engine, with work hopefully being completed by the spring.

The town council has earmarked money for panels to be made which record the history of the fire engine.

The pump was originally purchased by the town council in 1911.