KEIGHLEY Fire Station opened its doors to the public today.

Members of white watch organised this year’s annual open day, at the Bradford Road station.

A host of attractions was on offer at the event.

Freddy the fire engine gave children – and adults – rides around the site, with its siren sounding and squirting water.

Haworth & Worth Valley fire cadets attended. They staged demonstrations and served-up coffees and teas.

There were stalls, games including guess the name of the teddy and the number of sweets in a jar, a bouncy castle and a football skills challenge.

Among the stalls was one provided by Toyland, while another raised money for The Fire Fighters Charity – the day’s beneficiary.

There was also a step back in time with the presence of a 1956 Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump, popularly known as a Green Goddess.

The Green Goddess fire engines were originally used by the Auxiliary Fire Service but latterly were held in reserve by the Home Office until 2004, for use in emergency situations.

The privately-owned example on show at the open day is normally housed at Keighley Bus Museum.

Keighley Fire Station crew commander Ned Andrews-Parry said atrocious weather had deterred some people from attending the event, but that it had still been a successful day.

“The open day is an opportunity for the public to get a taste of what we do and a glimpse behind the scenes at the fire station,” he said.

“Everyone sees the fire station when they pass, but many don’t know much about it.

“This is a fun way of showing people but also it builds bridges with young people and the community generally – plus it raises money for a good cause.

“We’d like to thank everybody who supported the event.”