Club goes out with a donation

ONE of the last remaining firemen s social clubs has closed down and donated its funds to charity. Wisbech Fire Station Social Club was founded 25 years ago and organised dances, children s parties and trips for members. There was also a clubroom with bar

ONE of the last remaining firemen's social clubs has closed down and donated its funds to charity.

Wisbech Fire Station Social Club was founded 25 years ago and organised dances, children's parties and trips for members. There was also a clubroom with bar on fire station premises.

But times have changed and the club was finding it harder to attract members.

"We were struggling to keep our heads above water", said a spokesman. "It is sad because social clubs were a tradition in the fire service but now no one has got the time to organise anything."

Money in the club account, about £2,500, was donated to three charities. The Fire Service benevolent fund received just over £500 and the local Crossroads (Caring for Carers) and the Children's Burns Camp each received £1,000.