A VETERAN firefighter and former army officer celebrated his 90th birthday with a visit to Bury Fire Station this week where he reminisced about his time with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).
More than 50 years after retiring from Bury County Fire Brigade as it was called then, Bill Waywell donned a fire tunic and helmet and swapped stories with firefighters at the station on Wednesday, July 16.
His granddaughter Claire arranged the visit as a birthday present for Bill who turned 90 in June.
Bill was a firefighter on Blue Watch at Bury's The Rock fire station for 10 years from the early 1950s to early 1960s after returning from serving in the war as a tank driver.
He has many fond memories of his time at GMFRS - notably the years that his brother Fred worked alongside him before emigrating to Rhodesia.
On Wednesday, Bill and his wife Nellie were given a tour of the station and shown all the memorabilia on display.
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