The Colour Party comprises a group of current and retired personnel who represent the Service at a range of events throughout the calendar year.

As displayed in the picture above, the Colour Party wear ceremonial uniform (tunics, white helmets and axes) and proudly carry both the Nation standard and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service standard, they are instantly recognisable as an integral part of our fire service family.

Dyfed Fire Brigade's Colour Party was originally formed in 1984 by Assistant Divisional Officer Rex Caunt.

At this time, the group consisted of eight individuals wearing assorted items of kit and equipment that were procured from various locations. Former Leading Firefighter Billy Lloyd donated two Canadian tree felling axes which are still in use today. Former Deputy CFO David Williams also provided two swagger sticks. Over the intervening years, the Colour Party has acquired new items of kit, including white belts, lanyards, red sashes and ceremonial red stripe on trousers.

The first event that the Colour Party attended was the Fire Engine Rally held at Withybush Airfield in 1984.

Following amalgamation in 1996, the Colour Party included representation from the former West Glamorgan and Powys Brigades and at its height, the Colour Party comprised of 35 members.

Over the years, the Colour Party has attended a range of events including funerals of past and serving colleagues, formal medal ceremonies, remembrance services, carol concerts and weddings.  Of note, the Colour Party has regularly attended the annual Ypres Poppy Parade and Remembrance Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

The Colour Party often receives kind donations which are passed on to The Fire Fighters Charity.

If you are interested in joining the Colour Party, please contact CFO Roger Thomas for an informal discussion.

 

1994 - 2018

25 consecutive years at the Menin Gate

 

1990 - To present day

Firefighters Memorial Service London formerly National Association of Retired Firefighters (Blitz Memorial)

Royal Albert Hall

New York

9/11 Service St Paul's were we formed a Guard of Honour on the steps.    

Brunnel Statue Neyland  HRH Prince Charles in attendance

Winchester Cathedral Remembrance Service for two Hampshire Firefighters

Coventry Cathedral

Freshwater West Landing Craft Memorial (Annually)

National Memorial Arboretum Staffordshire. (Annually)

Wales festival of remembrance (Collaboration with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service)

 

Countless other events including funerals of past and serving colleagues, formal medal ceremonies, remembrance services, carol concerts and weddings. 

Current Members and year joined:

David John 1986

Jim Lewis 1996

Harry Webber 2018

Nina Bishop 2019

Bernie Armstrong 2015

Ian Howells 2009

Owain Roberts 2023

Simon Barker 2022

Luke Jenkins 2023

Dafydd Lewis 2023

John Herman 2023

Rob Barker 2019 (re-joined after being a member during the 1990s)

Keith Jenkins 2018 (re-joined having been one of the founder members in 1984)

Rex Caunt with Old Colour Party

First Belgium Parade with Combined Colour Party (Amalgamation 1998)

Outside Ypres Church

London

London - Arwel Fowler

Colour Party - Haverfordwest

Colour Party - Belgium

Colour Party - Outside old headquarters

London FF Memorial 1997

New York Fire Station

Vigil after the Manchester attack

Tyne Cot Cemetry

WWI Welsh Memorial - Belgium

Pass Out Parade at Earlswood Training Centre 2024

Crundale War Memorial 2024