Just yesterday, we were joined here at the Centre by Mayor Cllr John Price and Mayoress Joyce Barrow to officially unveil Oswestry’s vintage fire appliance. We were originally approached by David Preston from the Town Council and the Oswestry Fire Service about the historical piece over three years ago. The fire engine was housed in an outbuilding at Oswestry Fire Station for over a decade, where it was taking up crucial space for fire service training. Because of this, the Oswestry Fire Service made the decision to go in search of a new location for the vintage piece – a location where it could be viewed and appreciated by Oswestrians as well as national and international visitors alike. Dating back more than 200 years, we are now the proud home of this beautiful Victorian, horse-drawn fire engine.
Although it remains the property of Oswestry Town Council, the Oswestry Mayor, Cllr John Price, and Oswestry Mayoress, Joyce Barrow, officially welcomed it at its new location here at the Centre yesterday afternoon. Cllr John Price has said: “We are thankful for the British Ironworks for agreeing to house this beautiful machine and it is fantastic that the public can now appreciate the vehicle for the first time in many years.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Oswestry Mayoress Joyce Barrow; Oswestry Mayor Cllr John Price; Clive Knowles, Chairman of the Ironworks
Now having its own space on the Ironworks grounds, the fire appliance will not only will provide a wonderful way for us to celebrate Oswestry's history and heritage by allowing our visitors to learn more about our town, but it will also act as a fascinating point of tuition for our visiting schools and youth groups. We have fully cleaned the appliance and created a storyboard all about its history and legacy for our visitors to read when viewing the piece. Additionally, the piece will be displayed at the very centre of our annual Vintage & Classic Transport Rally, which is an extremely popular event now in its fifth year of running. The 2020 rally will be held on the 18th & 19th of July and will see vehicles from all across Shropshire and the surrounding area come together in celebration of vintage, unique and classic transport.
We also hold regular car club meets and breakfast mornings here and we are sure that all of those attendees will be greatly interested in getting to see and appreciate an incredible vintage piece like this one! Oswestry’s vintage fire appliance is now available to view here at the Centre. If you’d love to learn more about its story and Oswestry’s unique heritage, please do pop over and see what it’s all about – it truly is a beautiful piece of regional history.