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Long service award for ex-fireman Jamie

Mablethorpe Fire Service Watch Commander Sarah Turner presents a 31 years long service award to Jamie Arundel who recently retired from the service to become landlord of the Mermaid Inn at Mablethorpe. Looking on from left to right, Firefighter Philip Taylor, Crew Manager Paul Wright, Firefighter Chris Jones, Watch Manager Dave Paul, Firefighter Keith Larder, Crew Manager Peter Locking and Firefighter Ian Pickard. EMN-140623-124544001

Mablethorpe Fire Service Watch Commander Sarah Turner presents a 31 years long service award to Jamie Arundel who recently retired from the service to become landlord of the Mermaid Inn at Mablethorpe. Looking on from left to right, Firefighter Philip Taylor, Crew Manager Paul Wright, Firefighter Chris Jones, Watch Manager Dave Paul, Firefighter Keith Larder, Crew Manager Peter Locking and Firefighter Ian Pickard. EMN-140623-124544001

A fireman turned pub landlord from Mablethorpe was reunited with his crew when they presented him with a long service award.

Jamie Arundel, who turned 53 on Saturday, began his career as a firefighter with North Somercotes Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue in 1982 and has covered a wide range of jobs throughout his time with the fire service.

Jamie had a stint with the crew in Skegness as cover support and was also a co-responder.

He retired as Crew Manager in 2013.

Jamie said: “I can remember my very first call out, it was in 1982 at Monks Dyke School in Louth.

“Over the years I have been out to many calls, some which have been funny.

“This includes a time where my ex-wife had thrown my beeper out of the window as she was sick of it going off as we had just come back from our honeymoon at the time.

“Then there have been other times that were bad, times I will never forget.

“But I would just like to thank Sarah Turner who presented me with my long service plaque.

“I have to thank all of the lads at North Somercotes Fire and Rescue and those I have met from across Lincolnshire.

“I have met some great people, many who will be friends for life.

“And of course I would like to thank both my son and my daughter who have bared with me throughout the years as I shot off on different shouts for hours on end.”

Jamie is now happily taking on the role of landlord at the Mermaid Inn in Seaholme Road, Mablethorpe, he took over the position in March this year.

And he has already figured out a pride of place spot for his plaque.

Jamie added: “I am going to put my fireman’s axe plaque in a pride of place.

“It will be going behind the bar of course, a place where I’ll be able to see it all of the time.”

 

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