The Annual GVFB Squirt

It’s that time of year again when
The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade
invite you to the highlight of their calendar –
the 2016 Annual Boxing Day Squirt.

For those that haven’t been to a Squirt before, it is when the GVFB take on a team from Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service at ‘a competition of skill, bravery and wits.’  A beer barrel is suspended from a wire across the River Ise and both teams take their place at either side of the Ford.

When the whistle is blown, the two teams raise their hoses and attempt to push the barrel over the heads of their competitors to score a point.  The first team to 3 points wins.

The Squirt begins at 12noon on the Bridge, however, they invite you to join them at the Eleanor Cross at around 11:30(ish) to see the parade and be inspected by the Mayor of Kettering.  Some food will be available from outside Askews and all the local Public Houses will be open before and after the Squirt – including the new Cricket Club Pavilion.

On their website, the GVFB say “Traditionally, Geddington are announced the victors by around 12:30!”

They might not be professional firemen, but they still have to practice:

The trusty Thorneycroft Nubian Fire Tender

The trusty Thorneycroft Nubian Fire Tender or, as it is known, The Queen Eleanor.

 

    3 Comments

    1. ROBERTJAMES PATTON

      Thu 22nd Dec 2016 at 10:17 pm

      ni geddington when i lived in geddington it wS A TUGERWAR AND US KIDS WOULDHANG ONTO THE ROPED FOR THE SID YOU LIVED ON ALL GOOD FUN I WISH I COULD GET TO SEE IT ALL NOW BUT BEING DISABLED I CANT GET TO GEDDINGTON IM IN A WHEELCHAR AND HAVE NO ONE TO BRING ME THERE YOURS ROBERT PATTON IHOPE ALL GOS WELL ON THE DAY

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    2. John Doran

      Fri 23rd Dec 2016 at 1:12 am

      That tradition of GVFB being announced winners, no longer happens.
      Actually it has not happened for over twenty years!! To the victor the spoils!!
      Hope to see a wonderful crowd again this year? Always a great day and a great Boxing Day tradition.

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      • Pam

        Fri 23rd Dec 2016 at 11:10 am

        John,
        This was lifted from the GVFB website!
        Have a great Squirt!
        Pam

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