Dursley News - June 2009

This month saw a public opening day for the town's new fire station which provided an opportunity to look behind the scenes at this prestigious development, a worthy replacement to the old one in the town centre. The new station is sure to be the envy of others in the county, packed as it is with all the latest facilities as well as having ample space for the engines, a new hovercraft and a boat.

On 13th June, the very last Somerfield lorry left the store in Kingshill, as it closed for the final time. Previously a Kwiksave, it is now going through another transition, after being purchased by LIDL and it is now in the process of being extended and refitted prior to opening at the end of october.

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    Open Day at Dursley Fire Station
Dursley's longest serving fireman, Ian Wilkins, stands in front of the town's new engine as the station opens to the public for the first time.
(June 6th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The county's new hovercraft is now based in Dursley
The new fire engine has also been joined by a brand new Italian made hovercraft, one of only two to be stationed in Gloucestershire.
(June 6th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    View from the top
The top storey of the new station has been built to resemble a domestic building to aid in fire-fighting training sessions. This is the view from the balcony towards the new Rednock all-weather pitch.
(June 6th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    On the top floor of the fire station
This is the view on the top level of the station, which shows the area which can be filled with smoke to assist with training.
(June 6th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The last Somerfield lorry leaves
On Saturday 13th June 2009, the very last Somerfield lorry left the Kingshill store as it is prepared to start a new lease of life as LIDL.
(June 13th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The last view of the Somerfield name
The shutters are down on the Kingshill store, although the sign remains for a very short while.
(June 14th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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