Three Witney firefighters aimed to burn up the miles and raise money for new tyres for the station’s cherished 1936 fire engine.

Sub-Officer Gordon Skeates, leading fireman George Houghton and fireman Mervyn Jewell were pictured in training for a sponsored 50-mile bike ride from Witney to Banbury and back in 1981.

None of them were regular cyclists, but were prepared to try anything for the sake of the old machine.

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The Leyland Tiger Cub was on the road for 30 years before being replaced by new engines in 1967.

It needed six new tyres, each costing £100, and a new exhaust as restoration approached completion.