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Tributes paid to firefighter with funeral procession led by fire engine he trained on in 1960s


Mourners paid tribute to a firefighter, who died last month aged 80, with a funeral procession led by the vintage fire engine he trained on in the 1960s.

Michael Burke, who served for 30 years, had trained on the Merryweather Turntable engine at New Cross Fire Station after joining the London Fire Brigade in 1963 at 22 years old. 

Michael was barely able to read and write when he moved to the UK from Ireland – where he was a farmer.

He did extra training on the fire engine in 1966 and 1968 and today the same truck drove through Beckenham Cemetery after processing through the town.

Mourners paid tribute to firefighter Michael Burke, who served for 30 years, with a procession led by the vintage fire engine he trained on in the 1960s

 Mourners paid tribute to firefighter Michael Burke, who served for 30 years, with a procession led by the vintage fire engine he trained on in the 1960s

Michael had trained on the Merryweather Turntable engine at New Cross Fire Station after joining the London Fire Brigade in 1963 at 22 years old

Michael had trained on the Merryweather Turntable engine at New Cross Fire Station after joining the London Fire Brigade in 1963 at 22 years old

Michael was barely able to read and write when he moved to the UK from Ireland - where he was a farmer (Pictured: Michael holding the London 2012 Olympic torch)

Michael was barely able to read and write when he moved to the UK from Ireland -…



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