Berkshire

Bracknell landlord has Swinley Forest firefighters party

Swinley Forest fire
Image caption Firefighters from 12 counties were drafted in to tackle the blaze

A pub landlord has held a garden party for firefighters involved in tackling the Swinley Forest fires in Berkshire.

Paul Moore held the event at his pub, the Golden Retriever near Bracknell, which was threatened during the blaze.

He said he wanted to thank crews for protecting the property four weeks ago.

Mr Moore was forced to close his business when the flames came dangerously close to the pub.

He said: "They [the firefighters] were fantastic. At one point they were camped in the car park, ready to fight it off - it was getting that close.

"Thankfully that wasn't needed as the wind kept it away from us but we were certainly scared at one point."

In total, 12 services from across the UK provided resources to tackle Berkshire's largest ever fire, which began on 2 May.

About 200 hectares (two square kilometres) of the forest was affected by the blaze.

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