Open day to mark 50 years of Rothesay’s fire station

Rothesay's fire station in Eden Drive was opened on July 28, 1965.
Rothesay's fire station in Eden Drive was opened on July 28, 1965.

Rothesay’s fire station will be 50 years old at the end of this month - and the doors of the building are to be thrown open to celebrate.

An open day will take place at the station in Eden Drive on Saturday, August 1, when members of the public will be able to watch demonstrations of fire-fighting techniques and view memorabilia telling the story of the fire service on Bute.

The station was opened on July 28, 1965 by the Lord Lieutenant of Buteshire, Air Vice Marshal Ronald Graham, having been built at a cost of £30,000.

When opened, the facility, which replaced the town’s previous fire station, next to Bourtree Place in the High Street, was the first retained fire station in what was then known as the Western Fire Area to boast a drill tower, which was also used for drying hoses.

In those days it had a complement of two vehicles - one pump escape and one water tender - and 20 firefighters, all of them male, who were summoned to duty by the sounding of sirens fitted to Rothesay Pavilion and the town’s court house, and also by call bells installed in each home.

* Do you have any pictures of Bute’s firefighters in action over the last 50 years? If so, we’d love to share them with other readers. You can email scanned pictures to - or you can call us on (01700) 502503 to tell us about your image(s).