MEMORY LANE: ‘Cuts cost lives’: Fire service protests

Protests about cuts at Ilkeston fire station.
Protests about cuts at Ilkeston fire station.
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Protests against cuts to the fire service are clearly not a new thing as this photograph from the Ilkeston Advertiser archives shows.

Firefighters across the UK, including here in Ilkeston, held a five-hour strike this weekend in protests at Government pension plans for firefighters.

Mirroring this week’s protests, this picture, probably from the 1980s, shows a Fire Bridgade Union official in the foreground along with fire service staff at the old Ilkeston fire station.

The fire station in this picture was replaced in 2009 with a multi-million pound fire station in Derby Road.