A VIDEO by Buckfastleigh firefighters recreating a much-loved children’s TV show has ‘gone viral’ with more than 1 million views.
The crew cleverly recreated a scene from the classic children’s animated TV show Trumpton to mark the station’s change in training night from its traditional Tuesday to Wednesday.
The video was the brainchild of station commander Guy Watkin who shot the footage on his phone in just two hours.
Guy explained: ‘It was my idea, I had to explain to some of the younger one about it and show them the original.
‘I had to try to explain that this was what TV used to be like in our day.
‘It was a bit of fun and a little bit of humour by doing our own parody of the show.’
The short video replicates the animated footage of the Trumpton fire crew getting onto their fire engine.
Guy said: ‘It all just came together really and was quite straight forward to do and took us about two hours on a Sunday afternoon.
‘I didn’t know I was surrounded by so many Divas.
‘It has been well received by people.
‘We were lucky with the shot of the houses which were very similar to the TV show.’
First shown on the BBC in 1967, the programme’s best-loved feature was its fire brigade.
Under the command of Captain Flack, the roll-call was recited in almost all episodes of ‘Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb’.