Fireman Sam met up with scores of his adoring young fans at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham.
The legendary firefighter from Pontypandy – known as Sam Tân in Welsh – teamed up with his counterparts from North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, who arrived aboard one of their gleaming fire engines, to get over the vital message that staying well away from fire danger is so important.
Youngsters had the chance to join in with a special fire safety quizzes in an inflatable igloo with all those taking part being awarded with a prize.
Among those lucky enough to meet their larger than life hero Sam was three-year-old Dylan Catherall from Buckley who was specially dressed for the occasion in his smart Fireman Sam teeshirt.
His mum Lisa Catherall, who brought him along, said: “Dylan was thrilled to meet Sam because he absolutely loves him. In fact, when we’re out he always wants us to call into Buckley fire station to meet the real firefighters. They’re very good and let him sit in the fire engine.
“It was great for him to meet Sam himself today and it was very good of Eagles Meadow to arrange for him to be here.”
Dylan said: “It was good to see Sam because I like watching him on TV and I have all his DVDs.”
Rhian Williams, from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service’s publicity department who was manning the fire safety igloo in Eagles Meadow, said: “We had a really busy day talking to families and young people about the importance of fire safety in the home.
“There was a great atmosphere and everyone had a great time meeting Fireman Sam who helped us to spread the word about keeping the people of Wrexham safe.
“More safety tips are available on our website at www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk.”
Kevin Critchley, the manager of Eagles Meadow, is a big fan of Fireman Sam.
He said: “Fire safety is a vitally important issue and I am delighted we will be playing our part in getting the message across to the youngsters who come to see Fireman Sam.”