The traditional switch on of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s Christmas lights has taken place at Newport Fire Station this evening (Friday).
Max and Harry Poynter, the sons of the late firefighter Martin Poynter, turned the switch at 17:00 to light up the tree at the top of the station’s drill tower. Friends, family and firefighters gathered for mince pies and to watch the illumination.
Martin, who passed away in February of last year, was a Watch Manager at Newport and was regularly involved in the Christmas lights display.
For their contributions thanks has been given to Peter Alexander of Shide Trees; Alan Hibbard of Ace Scaffolding; Andrew Swaap of Spencer Rigging and Richard Cullen of Bonnie Drainage.
Station Manager James Lucy has paid special thanks to firefighter Matt Sainsbury for his efforts in organising the annual light up for the best part of 30 years.