Tribute to years of service
It was a project that ticked many community boxes. “Fireman Sam”, this year’s winning float at the Alexandra Blossom Festival, was not only an ode to an endearing children’s character but a tribute to a man close to the Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade’s heart, the late Sam Corrigall, the station’s keeper and caretaker for 44 years, who died last month. It was to Mr Corrigall, 92, that the station owed its immaculate award-winning grounds. He moved into the fire house when it was built on Centennial Ave in 1968 and remained an active fireman until his retirement about the age of 65, living part of that time in a house next-door to the station. In declining health in the past few years, Mr Corrigall moved into care in Dunedin. His big, bold mobile monument that delighted so many people when it came down Centennial Ave last Saturday, will live on beyond the festival, as a backdrop to the Otago Southland Provincial Fire Brigade Association’s centenary celebrations, which Alexandra will host next February. A total of 72
Sam Corrigall with amodel of a hose reel used by the fire brigade in the early 1900s. He made the model to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the fire brigade in 2008. brigades are expected for an action-packed weekend, comprising a conference, compe- tition and a special service. The Alexandra brigade last hosted the event 10 years ago.
The way it was:
I’ve got a stock pile of 10 litres of water and a few tins of vegetables and fruit kept away. 2. Go to the pub and see if it was open. 3. No. I think it would look a bit silly if I was at home by myself and trying to get under the table.