firefighters gathered at a Clitheroe pub to enjoy a special thank you meal and a well-deserved pat on the back!
Grateful landlord Terry Joy, who runs the Swan and Royal Hotel, in Castle Street, invited the crews from Clitheroe Retained Fire Station to thank them for coming to the rescue of his family and customers during a devastating fire.
In September, 2009, a fierce blaze tore through the 18th Century hotel, wrecking the roof and the interior just before midnight. Around 170 guests who had been enjoying a 30th birthday party managed to flee the flames unharmed, but four people had a very narrow escape as they were trapped in the second floor living quarters and had to be rescued by fire crews and taken to hospital.
Forty fire-fighters spent hours bringing the blaze under control and it took more than 18 months to rebuild the hotel.
A special dinner was held for the fire-fighters, Ribble Valley Mayor, Clitheroe Mayor and the builders, contractors and traders from the Swan Courtyard, to thank them for their hard work and heroic efforts.