Venerable vehicle is stood down by St John Ambulance
ST IVES is bidding farewell to an old friend – the town's own St John ambulance.
The little 1992 Vauxhall Midi van – a regular sight at events around West Cornwall – is being decommissioned after 21 years' faithful service.
It was originally purchased by St Ives St John Ambulance, at a cost of around £10,000, with the help of a legacy from Rainey Edwards, the former clerk to Penwith Borough Council.
A spokesman for St John Ambulance in the South West said: "Our ambulance in St Ives gave more than two decades of excellent service to the town. We're proud of the achievements of our volunteers and completely understand that many people in the community have become emotionally attached to the ambulance over the years.
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"Sadly, all vehicles come to the end of their working lives, but we're very happy to reassure people that St John Ambulance continues to deliver an excellent and robust service in St Ives and the surrounding area.
"This routine decommissioning will have no impact on our volunteers' ability to provide outstanding first aid cover and training to the community.
"Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters, St John Ambulance has an excellent fleet of modern, fully equipped ambulances and other vehicles in the region, which are deployed wherever and whenever they are needed.
"Any time an ambulance is required in St Ives, it will be provided."
The town's St John Ambulance Division is also saying goodbye to the premises it has occupied since 1952.
The unit, formed in 1902, is to relocate to a temporary home in the old Lifeguards HQ in Park Avenue, after the lease it held from Cornwall Council for its home in St Andrew Street was not renewed.