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Heritage Open Day + screening: The Fire Fighters Story - 100 Years of The Fire Brigades Union

Heritage Open Day + screening: The Fire Fighters Story - 100 Years of The Fire Brigades Union
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15 Sep 2018 3pm - 9pm

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The Old Fire Station

Gipton Approach, Gipton Approach, Leeds, LS9 6NL

Filmed to commemorate its centenary this year, this documentary film traces the history of the Fire Brigades Union since its inception at the end of the First World War, and the contribution the union has made over ten decades to improve public and firefighter safety through its campaigning work. 

Screened in The Old Fire Station, a recently renovated 1930s building now operating as a community hub for East Leeds.

The film will be shown twice, once at 4pm and once at 7pm. After each screening of the film there will be a Q&A with members of the Fire Brigades Union and ex fire fighters from the station.

There will also be free tours around The Old Fire Station at 3pm, 5pm amd 6pm and the unveiling of a Red Plaque to commemorate the life of fire fighter Solomon Belinsky who died in service from this fire station. The Fire Brigade Unions facinating educational pop up informaiton trailer will also be in site.

Advance booking is recommended. Please use this ticket link to donate £2 to The Old Fire Station and secure your seat!

Recommended certificate 12. 


More about the film: 

Framed around iconic fires and labour disputes, which take in stories in Belfast, Glasgow, London and the Yorkshire region, the film narrates a rich history of trade unionism and public service over the past 100 years. It also confronts the challenges posed by governments hostile towards trade unions, including their deregulation of fire safety and imposition of austerity measures. The film uses a mixture of location shots, talking head interviews and archival footage, and is narrated by Sue Johnston. It will appeal to audiences interested in documentary and political film-making, and the history of trade unionism, and the Fire and rescue service.

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Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.

The screening of The Firefighters Story - 100 Years of the Fire Brigades Union is £2 entry fee.Entry to the Heritage Day, tours and information trailer are free

Wheelchair Access

The venue is fully accessible 

The Old Fire Station
  • Wheelchair access
  • Discussion
  • Film
  • Heritage
  • Talk
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