A FIREFIGHTER who has made a name for himself in the Trowbridge community has retired after more than 20 years of service.

Paul McCready, 61 from the town was joined by fellow crew members, family and friends during a service on Monday night.

Deputy chief fire officer Byron Standen presented him a certificate of service drill and firefighter Paul Beety gave a speech on Mr McCready's long and successful service.

Mr McCready said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the fire service and I do feel a little disjointed at the moment.

"You get so used to being on call but I don't have that anymore, it will take a while to get used to.

"As well as helping many people over the years I have really enjoyed making friends with my colleagues, many of whom I will stay in touch with.

"I now plan to go on a lot more holidays with my wife, something we weren't able to do a lot.

"My wife said to me lets go out for dinner the other evening and it was strange to think I can do that sort of thing now, as I am usually on call."