TWO members of Bromyard fire station who have clocked up almost 70 years' service are to stand down.

Retained Crew Commander Martin Greaves and retained firefighter Andy Rollings bow out tomorrow (Friday 27th), although both will remain in their 'day jobs'.

Mr Greaves has served 35 years at the New Road station while his 'junior' bows out after 32 years.

"I've really enjoyed it," said Mr Greaves who runs his own upholstery business in the town which he will continue.

"I shall miss it greatly but I think after 35 years it is a nice time to go. It means I can spend some time with my grand-daughter."

He'll certainly be grateful for the rest as to say he currently leads a busy life is something of an understatement.

The 57-year-old is based at his workshop each day and spends 120 hours a week on call with the fire service.

"There are some incidents that stick in your mind, such as one call to Moreton-on-Lugg to a place which stores things for the army," he said.

"Fires are getting less in number than in the past but we at Bromyard are now an animal rescue service - one of only two across the whole of Herefordshire and Worcestershire - meaning we can be called as far away as Kidderminster or close to Monmouth."

His colleague steps down in the same week.

"I've enjoyed it, and I think I'll miss it for a while," said 61-year-old Mr Rollings.

"It's been a big part of my life. I'll still see everyone though as I only live 50 feet from the station."

Mr Rollings works in the maintenance department at Eastnor Castle, also a job he will retain.

He says he plans to spend his spare time carrying out his hobbies of fishing and shooting.