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Retired firefighter from Lavenham publishes memoirs on service at Sudbury Fire Station




A former firefighter has reminisced about his fond memories serving in Sudbury, through the release of a new book.

The Fire Bells Are Ringing provides an insight into John Middleditch’s time at Sudbury Fire Station, which he joined in a part-time position in 1967, eight months after the facility opened.

Mr Middleditch was opposed to the fire service’s national strike action in 1977, which saw around 30,000 firefighters campaign for a 30 per cent pay rise.

Lavenham resident John Middleditch has published a memoir about his time as a firefighter in Sudbury, a role he fulfilled for 19 years....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26193916)
Lavenham resident John Middleditch has published a memoir about his time as a firefighter in Sudbury, a role he fulfilled for 19 years....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26193916)

“I resisted the strike,” said the 75-year-old, who lives in Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham. “I joined the fire service to help people, not to stand in a picket line.

“I was more concerned about supporting the community than getting extra money,” added Mr Middleditch.

To purchase a copy of the book, call 01787 247092.


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