Port Macquarie Fire Brigade wins Discipline Trophy at NSW Volunteer Fire Brigade's Demonstration

Ready for action: West Port Oval set up for the Firemans Demonstration, 1970. Photo: supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.
Ready for action: West Port Oval set up for the Firemans Demonstration, 1970. Photo: supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

The Port Macquarie Fire Brigade won the Discipline Trophy at last week's NSW Volunteer Fire Brigade's Demonstration at West Port Oval, capping their most successful performance at the week-long demonstration.

Points for the discipline award were given for initial inspection, torchlight procession, general conduct and ground deportment.

The winning brigade are Captain Ken White, Kevin Scott, Tod Roods, George Thom, Ian Anderson, Dennis Bryant, Albert McWhirter, Bob Graham, Gary Murrell and Ross Hoy.

The Port Macquarie demonstration was the biggest ever by the Board of Fire Commissioners and cost about $70,000. In future the demonstrations will be at Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads, the next one here in either four or six years.

The Board of Fire Commissioners said Port Macquarie was the 'plum town' for future demonstrations, as there was no problem with accommodation, the ground was excellent, and cooperation from the local council was the best they had ever received.

Last day: Port Macquarie High School captains Eleanor Thurling and Alex Hicks about to leave school for the last time before final exams, 1970.

Last day: Port Macquarie High School captains Eleanor Thurling and Alex Hicks about to leave school for the last time before final exams, 1970.

Sixth Forms' last day

On October 16, sixth form from the Port Macquarie High School attended school for the last day before breaking up for a week, prior to their final exams, which begin on October 27.

During the day the 57 students, with the approval of Sergeant Plain and the local council, conducted an appeal to aid the Aboriginal Children's Advancement Society raising over $100.

On Friday afternoon, after receiving their final instructions with regard to their exams, Mr Condon advised them to make the best use of the time during this week.

Alex Hicks and Eleanor Thurling presented Mr Condon with a token of their appreciation. Alex stated they were very appreciative of his efforts to help them and he had always been there for them when they needed him.

Mr Condon said the best way they could repay him would be to pass their exams.

This story Flashback to 1970: Volunteer firies compete at West Port oval first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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