Thousands turn out for Emergency Services Day in Sutton Coldfield

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Thousands flocked to the centre of Royal Sutton Coldfield to meet and greet local 999 workers, as the Royal Town held its first ever Emergency Services Day.

Organised by Visit Royal Sutton Coldfield Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Sutton Police, the event on Saturday, October 14 saw Police, Fire and Ambulance services head to the town centre, where they attracted huge crowds of locals keen to find out more about the Emergency Services they rely on.

And, of course, the day provided an opportunity for kids, young and old, to take a seat in a police car or fire engine.

West Midlands Police brought along police cars, a van and a K9 unit – with two police dogs and their handler.

West Midlands Fire Service arrived in a fire engine, with a support vehicle for back up, and were soon swamped by youngsters who wanted to climb inside and get behind the wheel.

A team of NHS First Responders, from West Midlands Ambulance Service, were also on hand, giving visitors lessons in CPR and a chance to sit in their vehicle.

And the whole event was patrolled by two hilarious Victorian Bobbies on stilts, who posed for pictures and made sure the visitors behaved themselves.

Elsewhere, young visitors could also enjoy free balloon modelling and face painting, or they could get arty at a free craft workshop.

Michelle Baker, Visit Royal Sutton Coldfield BID Manager, said: “The first Emergency Services Day was a brilliant success, and we were so happy to see thousands turn out to thank their 999 workers and support local traders.

“The event was the latest to be organised by the BID – which is funded entirely by local businesses – and I would like to thank the Police, Fire and Ambulance services for getting involved and making it such a memorable day.”