I mentioned in a previous post, The Adviser, that I had found a Victorian booklet. Well, inside was this wonderful poem which describes the fire brigade from a different era;
They are coming, they are coming,
Hark! I hear the fireman’s call;
They are rushing fast and quickly
To that building grand and tall.
Gallop on! O lovely horses,
Ride away! O men so brave;
Reach the frightened little children,
Do your best their lives to save.
Shining helmets, bright and golden,
Thick strong coats, and boots as well;
Look! I see them coming nearer,
I can hear a tinkling bell.
Now they put the ladder upwards,
Hark! The cries are loud and wild;
Bravo! Clap the noble firemen,
They have saved a little child.
-The Teachers’ Aid.
Now the oldest photo I could find of Ardrossan Fire Brigade was this one from around the 1920’s –
but although the firemen have “thick strong coats and boots as well” they don’t have horses or “shining helmets, bright and golden”. For that I had to look further back into the Victorian age and I found these two photos which show the fire brigade from around the 1880’s.