Sudbury’s firefighters are dusting off their Halloween costumes, preparing a party for the whole town, hoping to raise money for the victims of the recent fire.
From 8pm on Friday, October 30, Sudbury Fire Station will be the setting for a fancy dress Halloween party.
Added to the licensed bar, food and disco there will be a charity auction with some top prizes on offer.
These include a golf day for two at Newton Green including a lesson and lunch and four tickets for the Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in July donated by HSBC.
There is also a unique ‘firefighter for the day’ experience - the winner getting to ride in an aerial appliance.
Andy Message, watch commander at Ipswich and on-call crew commander in Sudbury, said: “I think it’s really positive that the guys said, ‘come on, let’s do something’.
“They really want to give something back and help out. The more people we get the more money we can raise.”
Mr Message said the crew were showing the same team spirit shown when battling the fire in Market Hill.
They have been busy organising the event and are once again ready to man the pumps, beer pumps that is, throughout the night.
There have been criticisms of the way the £9,500 donated so far has been distributed but Mr Message said: “We are trying to say to people, ‘still donate’. Let’s still raise some money. We can deal with the issue of how it gets paid out later, let’s support them now.”
Sudbury mayor Jack Owen is attending, though he said he may be unrecognisable.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from Ipswich Building Society in the town, Sudbury Tesco, Sudbury Fire Station on Thursdays from 7-9pm or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.