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First year anniversary of Fakenham town centre fire

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Published by the KLFM News Team at 6:51pm 25th May 2014 (Updated 3:54pm 25th May 2015)

Twelve months after a fire destroyed a major part of a Norfolk town's conservation area, businesses, residents and emergency services will be gathering to mark the anniversary.

The old Aldiss building in Fakenham was totally destroyed by fire, also gutting several surrounding businesses and flats.

Fourteen fire appliances and a hundred fire fighters were needed to bring the blaze under control on 25th May last year.

To mark the event, firefighters from Fakenham Fire Station will be cycling 400 miles visiting all 42 Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service stations in aid of the Firefighters Charity.

The firefighters will finish their challenge on Bank Holiday Monday, marking the first anniversary of a significant fire which took place at the former historic Aldiss building in the town.

Fakenham Fire Station Crew Manager Darren Leach is one of the organisers of the endurance event:

“As a busy market town we regularly respond to support the local community as well as the wider community of Norfolk. Last year many of us were involved in the devastating fire in the market place and the response from businesses, our neighbours, friends and family was immense and we thank you sincerely.

“This challenge finishes a year on from that tragic day so it would be great to see as many people as possible at the finish line. We hope to raise as much money as possible for the Fire Fighters Charity.”

Norfolk’s Chief Fire Officer Nigel Williams said:

“We have had fantastic support from several local organisations and I would like to thank them all for their kind support.

“The Fire Fighters Charity can provide a real lifeline both retired and serving firefighters. It is a cause which can make a difference to the lives of firefighters themselves as well as their family members.

“Colleagues at our Fakenham station have worked tremendously hard to organise a fantastic event which I hope people will support. Hopefully the weather will also be on our side over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

A justgiving page has been set up for people to support the Endurance Challenge and donate to the Fire Fighters Charity:

www.justgiving.com/fakenhamfirefighters42

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