A PERFORMANCE of classic songs from the 1940s and vintage fire engine display were part of a funday that helped firefighters in Runcorn raise more than £1,000 for charity.

It was among entertainment at Runcorn Fire Station's annual open day, which has been hailed a huge success by organisers.

Professional singer LeeAnn James belted out a host of classic songs from the 1940s.

Other attractions included safety displays, a dunk a firefighter game, barbecue food and face painting.

A large number of Runcorn residents attended the event, on September 1, which raised more cash for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Feedback received about the free event suggests that a fun time was had by all.

Station manager Stuart Devereux said: "A lot of time and effort was put into organising the open day, which was the station's best yet.

"There was a lot for our visitors to see and do and we are delighted with how the day went and with the feedback we have received from those who attended."

The station's Blue Watch manager Ben Sanderson, who organised the event, said: "Open days give residents the chance to have a look around their local fire station, sit inside a variety of fire and rescue vehicles and learn about the kit and equipment that our firefighters use.

"We also organised a diverse range of entertainment for our visitors, which included the Mayor of Halton, Cllr Margaret Horabin.

"Visitors had the chance to watch two road traffic collision demonstrations with live casualties and to learn important safety tips via Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service's kitchen safety and chip pan safety vehicles.

"They were also treated to a firefighting drill from Runcorn's fire cadets which involved a ladder and a hose reel jet."

Chief fire officer Mark Cashin and area manager Lee Shears attended the event, as did foster carers and representatives of the 103 Regiment Royal Artillery, Runcorn Women's Institute, Runcorn Historical Society, Halton Carers Centre, Runcorn District Foodbank, the NHS, St John Ambulance and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Visitors could receive expert advice on a wide range of suspects and there was tea, coffee, cakes and ice cream available from the stalls scattered around the fire station.

There was also a raffle, with prizes donated from numerous local businesses.

Watch manager Sanderson added: "I would like to thank all the local businesses who donated prizes and everyone else who helped to make the open day the success that it was."