Ge­orge ful­fils burn­ing am­bi­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

HARD work and de­ter­mi­na­tion have paid off for an Oban man with a pas­sion for preser­va­tion.

When Ge­orge Berry bought a ‘clapped out’ for­mer fire and res­cue ve­hi­cle and set about restor­ing it to its for­mer glory, many peo­ple said it could never be done.

But four years on he was ‘over­whelmed’ to be pre­sented with the Fire and Res­cue Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety tro­phy at the Truck and Fire Fes­ti­val in Inglis­ton, Ed­in­burgh, last week­end.

Pre­sent­ing the award, fes­ti­val or­gan­iser John Fen­ton said: ‘The cup that Ge­orge has won is a spe­cial prize ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of fire ap­pli­ances on show. The preser­va­tion work and ded­i­ca­tion put in to the ve­hi­cle was fan­tas­tic.

‘I saw it for my­self at 9am when I spot­ted Ge­orge kneel­ing on the ground paint­ing his nuts and bolts. That’s real ded­i­ca­tion for you.’

Ge­orge said he was ‘over­whelmed’ with the award. He said: ‘When you phone 999 in all ma­jor towns, you get a state of the art Sca­nia or Volvo. In ru­ral areas of Scot­land, this kind of ve­hi­cle is still the first fire en­gine at in­ci­dents.’

Ge­orge thanked Wil­lie Bon­ni­well for the sup­port his team have given over the years.

Ge­orge Berry cel­e­brates win­ning the preser­va­tion cup.

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