Firefighters thanked for heroic efforts

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The Swan Inn in Milton Keynes Village, which suffered a serious fire on December 7 last year, has presented £2,407.89 to The Fire Fighters Charity.

The money was raised at a ball held in February this year in honour of the firefighters who prevented the fire from destroying the historic pub and restaurant.

The cheque was handed over on Friday to firefighters at nearby Broughton Fire Station, who were the first to arrive after the fire broke out, by manager Tyrone Bentham and assistant manager Matt Jackson.

At its peak, there were more than 40 firefighters and officers at the scene of the fire. Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm, Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough also attended.

All the customers and staff were able to leave the building safely after the fire broke out, and firefighters managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the single-storey restaurant extension.

Firefighter Richard Allman from Broughton Fire Station said: “We would like to say thank-you to the Swan Inn for arranging the ball and for being so generous.”

The Fire Fighters Charity is a national charity which provides assistance to serving and retired fire and rescue service staff, their families and dependants.