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Bewdley Fireman at Practice

The Bewdley Auxiliary Fire Service demonstrate their readiness as the tranquil Worcestershire town prepares for war.

Amateur film 1940 13 mins Silent

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With their Beresford-Stork fire pump and water from the nearby River Severn, the Bewdley Fire Service demonstrates its readiness as war clouds gather across Europe. In contrast, the remainder of the reel shows the Worcestershire town continuing its idyllic pre-war life as a holiday destination with lazy days of summer being typified by boating on the river and a horse drawn barge making its slow and steady progress along the cut.