A second generation retained firefighter from St Neots has been recognised for 40 years’ service to the brigade.

Mick Housden followed in the footsteps of his late father Tony to become an on-call firefighter at St Neots Fire Station and last week he was recognised at a surprise presentation.

Mick, 55, was awarded a certificate and a glass flame statue from chief fire officer, Chris Strickland, in front of family, friends and members of the St Neots’s crew.

Grandfather Mick, who recently retired from his full time job, said: “I enjoy being a firefighter and have done since day one. There’s no special reason other than wanting to serve the community and enjoying what I do. I only live over the road to the fire station and it’s always been a part of my life. Although I have to say, as I get older and my grandson wears me out, having shouts in the early hours of the morning are not my favourite.”

Mr Strickland added: “The years of service Mick has given to Cambridgeshire is admirable and we commend him for his commitment and dedication to the community of St Neots. We must also thank his family and friends for continually supporting Mick throughout the years.”

Mick’s brother Mervyn has also given more than 30 years to firefighting in St Neots, bringing the family total to 100 years’ service.