YEP Letters: The story behind Gipton Fire Station’s cutest mascot

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Little Brian Garnett captured the hearts of the nation in 1939, when was the mascot for a Leeds fire station at just three-years-old.

Here, his wife Jeanette tells Brian’s story at Gipton Fire Station through her letter.

“At three-and-a-half in 1939 my husband, Brian Garnett, was the mascot for Gipton fire Station.

The men made him a uniform and fashioned him a belt and axe.

He became their mascot and was featured in an article by the Yorkshire post to help with recruitment.

The article went National and International, being reported as far away as Australia.

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They also made him a pipe from a stick and acorn and he sat and ‘smoked’ with them in their rest room.

He has lots of photos of the men and himself and some of the men on parade and being inspected.

He moved to Gipton Fire Station in 1937 when he was approximately six-months-old.

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In those days all three emergency services were combined so not only were they firemen, they were also police and ambulance.”

Do you have any memories of Gipton Fire station?

Email your thoughts to yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk

Sir Bruce Forsyth.

YEP Letters: August 22