Ian Pilkington from Lancashire
‘As a young man I served as a
Special Constable and had an interest in first
aid. One strong memory is of a duty in the 1970s at Park
Hall near Chorley.
A medieval pageant was being enacted complete with jousting
displays and mock fights. One of the ‘acts’ was to be a blazing
monk. The idea was to cover the monk in petrol and lighter fuel and
set him alight!
These days it would be absolutely unthinkable to do such a
thing. The petrol and lighter fuel had seeped beneath the fire
proof suit he was wearing under his costume. My colleague
and I rushed forward and rolled him over to extinguish the
flames. He was badly burned and we did our best to treat
him at the scene before the ambulance arrived. We later
learned that he spent around eight weeks in hospital making a slow