London Fire Brigade

Fire Cadets join Dunkirk commemorations

22 May 2015

A group of the London Fire Brigade's Fire Cadets were among the crowds at Ramsgate who waved off the former LFB fireboat, Massey Shaw as part of the Dunkirk commemorations on Wednesday.

Five Fire Cadets formed a guard of honour on board the Massey Shaw for a 96 year old veteran of Dunkirk, Bill Holliday. 

Sara Perez, the Brigade's Education Development Manager said: "The Fire Cadets found it very moving to meet the veteran. It really brought history to life and made Dunkirk real for them and they were all honoured to be involved."

The Massey Shaw joined a flotilla of 'Little Ships' on Thursday which sailed across the Channel to recreate the voyage to rescue British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.


Massey Shaw will spend the weekend in Dunkirk harbour.

Five LFB Fire Cadets will  join her crew of volunteers and visit the Central Fire Station in Dunkirk tomorrow and meet some French firefighters before taking part in a parade through the town to lay a wreath of remembrance. The former fireboat will return to England with the flotilla on Monday.

The Massey Shaw is credited with the rescue of over 500 men from Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo in May 1940. The Massey Shaw Education Trust keeps historical records of the fireboat's role in the wartime rescue. 

You can see live updates on the boats location on the Massey Shaw website.