Princess Anne unveils fire memorial

A memorial to the county’s fire service has been unveiled by the Princess Royal this morning (Thursday, February 7).

The memorial, in Brixworth Country Park, is dedicated to Northamptonshire firefighters. Its position also allows quiet reflection for anyone who has been affected by fire.

Princess Anne unveils the firefighters' memorial at Brixworth Country Park

Princess Anne unveils the firefighters' memorial at Brixworth Country Park

Princess Anne was welcomed by the bishop of Brixworth, local MP Chris Heaton-Harris and other dignitaries.

Schoolchildren from two Brixworth Primary School and Walgrave Primary School waved British flags as she approached.

Northamptonshire’s chief fire officer, Martyn Emberson, said he was delighted the princess was able to unveil the 9ft-tall granite structure.

“We were absolutely delighted that the Princess Royal could join us for this event and to unveil the memorial,” he said.

“It means a lot to us because she is the patron of the Firefighters’ Memorial Trust, so for her to come and personally unveil it means a lot, both to us as a service and I hope to the community of Northamptonshire.”

Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, who first mooted the idea for a memorial, said: “I think it was a really important opportunity for Northamptonshire to have a place of memorial and reflection to firefighters, who go out on a daily basis, putting their lives at risk to protect ours.

“This is a spectacular location, on the edge of Brixworth reservoir in Brixworth Country Park, a great location in our community in Northamptonshire, and it’s a tremendous memorial.”