On the afternoon of Tuesday, 18th April, members of the Local History group met at the Congregational Church for a very informative and interesting talk given by Stephen Warden (retired paramedic), on the history of the Paramedic Service in the East Midlands. Most interestingly, Stephen was Market Harborough’s very first Paramedic, based in our local ambulance station. He shared with us his very fond memories of that period, which included his training, a six-month period of very intensive training which involved very early and late hours over each seven-day period, culminating in a very rigorous exam. Nowadays this training is given at university level and is a two-year course! His talk was followed by some very lively questioning and I think we all left feeling that we had all learned something new. For further details of this group do please contact me. Jan Tilley.