Peterborough volunteer firefighters celebrate year of tackling blazes

Peterborough’s volunteer firefighters celebrated the end of the year with their annual dinner in the city.

Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 5:00 am
Updated Saturday, 23rd November 2019, 6:16 am

The black tie event was held at The Bull Hotel, with members of the brigade – the only volunteer fire brigade in the country –and guests celebrating. Chief officer Tony De Matteis said: “The dinner was enjoyed by all and, as usual, a lot of stories were told.”

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Peterborough Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1884, and has a range of members – from postmen to IT managers and prison officers – and recruits have attended some of the biggest blazes in the city, from the recent Toys R Us fire, to the inferno at the Greyhound stadium in 2001. For more information about the volunteer brigade, visit

The annual dinner for Peterborough's volunteer firefighters