Firemans' signed Harlequins shirt for 30 year's service
06 October 2011
A retiring Guildford firefighter has been presented with a signed Harlequins rugby shirt at Surrey Sports Park this week in recognition of his outstanding service.
Colin Porter, now ex-Guildford borough manager, was invited down to Quins' training pitches at the Surrey Sports Park, unaware of the surprise in store for him.
He saw out the final day of his 30 years with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service last Friday (September 30).
The shirt was signed by 10 players including Rory Clegg, Ollie Kohn and Joe Marler and will be framed for Mr Porter to display at home.
"It was absolutely brilliant," he said. "I'd no idea when I was called to go up to Surrey Sports Park that I'd be having my picture taken with the team and being given a signed shirt.
"It was a really nice gesture by the crew."
A Quins season ticket holder, this was the first time he had met the players of his favourite team.
The fire crew presented a safety talk to the team, who were able to climb aboard the truck as part of the demonstrations.
Mr Porter served at several of the stations in the area and was also the governor of Guildford Fire Station.
He said: "I've enjoyed all my time with the service and will take away some wonderful memories from a fantastic job. I'm proud to have served the people of Surrey.
"Now my plan is to enjoy the flexibility of retirement and the ability to set my own routine. I'm going to go on holiday and take life easy for a while."
John Uwins, who serves at Guildford Fire Station on Red Watch, said: "Anybody who has done 30 years with the fire service deserves great credit. He's a very nice chap and held in the highest regard."