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Hay British Infants School 9
Christening the fire engine, 1901

  A Fire Brigade parade
A particularly interesting reason for missing school lessons appears in the records of the Infants Department of the British School at Hay, as noted in the School Log Books, in 1901.

Hay British
Infants School
Log Book

School log book entry 

County Archives

School log book entry
This entry was written in the log book on 13th September 1901:
"Owing to a procession of the Fire brigade, and the christening of the new fire engine, very few children presented themselves on Thursday afternoon - they were dismissed".
This was when the volunteer fire brigade in Hay proudly acquired a new steam-powered fire engine to replace their earlier horse-drawn appliance. 
Photograph by
kind permission of
Eric Lewis Pugh
of Hay
New steam fire engine, 1901 The new engine, like the previous one, was called 'Firefly', and in the photograph on the left, possibly taken on the same day, local children can be seen posing alongside the Hay firemen and their smart new fire engine.
  There are 19 pages on the Hay British Infants School. Use the box links below to view the other pages.