Former Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade members and supporters marked the station’s 50th anniversary over the weekend of November 18 to 20.
The celebration included the launch of a book co-authored by Tony and Jenny Enderby, which traced the brigade’s first half-century.
There was also an open day and Honours Night. Special guest on the Saturday night was former senior firefighter and current New Zealand Fire Service Commission board member Te Arohanui Cook, of Hawkes Bay. She said small units like Leigh served their communities well and she thanked the members for their years of service.
Chief fire officer Steve Paddison thanked all the members for their involvement in organising the celebrations, especially Carol Davies who received her 14-Year Medal. Awards were presented to the following: Three Year Certificate – Carmel and Mark Simmonds, Grant Bonner and Jeff Morris; Silver Bar – 7 Years service, Malcolm Allen, Martin Lefley and Errol Murray; 9 Years, Alan Borich; 11 Years, Tony Enderby and Kevin Lawton; 13 years, Tony Borich; 17 Years, Nick Torkington; 21 Years, Mark Borich; Gold Bar for 31 Years, Barry Davies; 41 years, Steve Paddison; 49 Years,Robbie Torkington.