Watch the FBU's Centenary Service at Southwark Cathedral online

Watch the FBU's Centenary Service at Southwark Cathedral online

Founded on the 1 October 1918, the FBU is one of the UK’s oldest specialist trade unions, with a proud history. Over 100 years, our members have shaped the modern Fire and Rescue Service. You can be part of this historic day. The FBU’s Centenary Service at Southwark Cathedral will be free for all to watch online. 

On Saturday the 13 October, the FBU’s centenary year will culminate with a service at Southwark Cathedral. Through music and poetry, readings and personal stories, the hour-long event will commemorate the sacrifice of fallen firefighters and celebrate the achievements of all members.
The FBU is partnering with the Daily Mirror to offer a free livestream of the full event. Between 14:00 and 15:00 on the 13 October, any viewer in the UK can watch the centenary service via

See the union’s heritage brought to life and be inspired by its impact on firefighting and public safety. Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, says: “Looking back helps us to see the possibility of our actions. Better understanding our history – and the sacrifice made by our members – can help to guide us in future”.

Members are encouraged to reflect the spirit of the union by hosting screenings in their stations or at home. “We hope that our centenary has made members especially proud of their work and their union”, says FBU President Ian Murray. “Sharing our story with others will make a huge difference to our future.”

The events in detail

The first-ever national FBU wreath-laying at the Firefighters Memorial, St Paul’s: This will certainly be the widest UK-wide representative FRS wreath-laying ceremony and the biggest ever seen at the Firefighters Memorial. Delegations from every fire and rescue service in the UK will attend. Please feel free to come along to observe what will be a powerful commemoration of our sisters and brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice.


FBU centenary procession with banners across the Millennium Bridge to Southwark Cathedral: With St Paul’s as the backdrop and in the shadows of many of London’s landmarks.


Commemorative and Celebratory Service, Southwark Cathedral: Attendance at this event, due to seating capacity is unfortunately limited to guests who have received a formal invitation. The event will however be live streamed with assistance from the Daily Mirror. FBU members who are able to be in London can come together to watch the live streaming in the comfort of The Folly, Gracechurch Street, EC3.


Centenary reception and celebration at The Folly, Gracechurch Street: This will include guest speakers, comedy and live music. It will be a chance to chat to colleagues and relax while reflecting on the achievements of the past 100 years. 

Reaching our centenary is a fantastic achievement. We look to the past in order to improve things for the future. Please take the chance on October 13 to spend some time joining us in celebrating and remembering those who went before us.

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