Fireman Gay is in this parade on the day the 'new' Shanklin Fire Station was formally opened on 28 September 1951.

Fireman Leonard William Gay of Shanklin Fire Station, Isle of Wight County Fire Brigade, and Ryde section of the post-war Auxiliary Fire Service, passed away on 21 July 1966 aged 45.


Leonard was born in Gosport and moved to the Island as a child. Apprenticed as a carpenter and joiner he devoted much of his time to community welfare and as such was a founder member of the Shanklin Lifeguards in addition to membership of the Shanklin Regatta committee and the PTA of Nettlestone School.

For seventeen years he served with the post-war County Fire Brigade at Shanklin Fire Station, moving to Ryde in 1964 where he transferred his services to the local section of the Auxiliary Fire Service.

He was employed as a builders foreman at the time of his death.

The funeral was held at Ryde Methodist Church four days later, his coffin bearers all being former colleagues from Shanklin Fire Station. It was attended by his widow, mother and father and a multitude of regular brigade and AFS firemen and firewomen from across the Island with a mass of floral tributes.

Rest in peace Fireman Gay.

Shanklin's 'One Man Drill' winners shield, won three times by Fireman Gay.