Crowds enjoy SOS Fest

2814648701 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. Bob Evans, West Midlands Search and Rescue and Dexter Martin, four on a rib boat. (8162709)

2814648702 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. Emmi Barnes, 18 months, in a kayak. (8162711)

2814648703 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. From left - Emmi Barnes, 18 months, Fletcher Ronan-Hill and Douglas Taylor, 17 months. (8162713)

2814648704 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. Firefighter Neil Stanton and Alex Drake, two. (8162715)

2814648705 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. The police horses pulled a big crowd. (8162717)

2814648706 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. Emma Pogmore, six and PC Nick Hanson. (8162719)

2814648707 Paul Jackson 12.07.14 Worcester SOSFest, Pitchcroft, Worcester. Emma Pogmore, six and PC Nick Hanson. (8162723)

First published in News

CROWDS gathered on Pitchcroft throughout the day on Saturday to check out the sights and sounds of the emergency services.

SOS Fest proved to be a big hit as everyone in the city came together to celebrate the resilience and team work shown throughout the flooding that hit Worcestershire earlier this year.

There was everything from police horses to army vehicles, rescue boats, a helicopter fly by and even a vintage police Range Rover, which escorted the body of Princess Diana after her funeral.

Owner Richard Hopkins of Stratford, who bought the Range Rover for £1,700, displayed it alongside others from the Blue Light Vehicle Preservation Group.

He said: "My interest is in Range Rovers. I bought this online. Once you start turning it into a police car, it was white when I got it, you get involved in the police car clubs and people started telling me about it."

Local celebrity Dave Throup, from the Environment Agency, was also on hand during the day to chat to people about the work of the emergency services and the EA during the flooding.

He said: "It's a chance in a relaxed atmosphere to have a chat with people. People went through a lot in Worcester. It's nice for us to get the chance to meet people now."

Mr Throup became well known on Twitter sending regular updates during the floods. He added: "I have taken a couple of selfies with people so far, but no autographs."

But a major attraction for many on the day was to take a photo in the various cars and vehicles.

This included fire engines and a range of rescue boats.

Two-year-old Alex Drake enjoyed testing out the fire fighters equipment.

His mum Lisa Valentine, of Droitwich Road, Worcester, said: "He is at the age where he has a massive interest in the emergency services so I thought today was a great chance to show him it in real life."

Howard Painter, chairman of the West Midlands Search and Rescue, added it was a great chance for volunteer organisations such as his to raise their profile and demonstrate how they work with the emergency services.

"People are always surprised that we are a voluntary organisation," he said.

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7:30pm Mon 14 Jul 14

barbourne-worcester says...

It was a great event and day! I even got my bike security marked by Safer Worcester team at Worcester City Council!
It was a great event and day! I even got my bike security marked by Safer Worcester team at Worcester City Council! barbourne-worcester
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