Colnbrook’s historic fire tender to take to the streets for the first time in 116 years!
The Parish Council’s celebrations of the Queen’s 90th Birthday will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Colnbrook’s 184-year old fire tender pulled by horses again through the village!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Colnbrook’s Fire Tender being pulled by horses through the streets of Colnbrook on Saturday, 4th June!
The Parish says it will probably be the first time in 116 years that the fire tender has been pulled by horses and, in fact, it is highly unlikely that anybody alive has seen this before.
The fire tender was in service to Colnbrook and the surrounding district, including the parishes of Langley, Iver, Horton, Wraysbury, Stanwell and Longford from 1832 – 1900.
It was nineteen years ago when the tender was last out in the open air, without horses, when it was moved from the soon-to-be-demolished Gilson’s Bakery in the High Street to the Ostrich Inn, where it remained until it was removed last weekend.
Before that it was out in the High Street helping with the celebrations of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Again, no horses were involved.
The Gilson family saved the decaying machine when it was uncovered in a nearby field. They arranged its renovation and displayed it in their premises until 1997.
The Parish Council says it is hopeful that members of the Gilson family will be able to attend and enjoy the event.
The tender has been moved now from the Ostrich to Westway Carriages, a local livery company, who already store similar carriages in a secure yard. The tender is likely to remain there under an agreement on a peppercorn rent until longer term accommodation can be found. Westway will also undertake to put the tender into full working order for the Queen’s birthday event.
Harmondsworth council has agreed to lend 5 tunics and helmets, although it has not been revealed who will ride atop the tender.
View the poster here.