Mablethorpe firefighter to make final journey through town

John Kingford Mountain.
John Kingford Mountain.

A dedicated Mablethorpe fireman of 37 years is taking one last journey on a fire engine through the town tomorrow (Thursday).

John Kingsford Mountain passed away on May 12, aged 81.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Margaret and only son Chris.

John was very much a man of Mablethorpe, being born in the town in 1935, and lived and worked in the town all his life.

Mr Mountain spent 37 years in the Mablethorpe Fire Brigade and 20 years of that he was in charge as the Sub Officer.

“My dad was a Mablethorpe gentleman his whole life and will be very much missed by us all,” son Chris said.

Watch manager at Mablethorpe fire station, Richard Dynan was not just a colleague of John’s, but also a friend and said: “John was a true gentleman and very well respected by all who knew him at the fire station.”

He added that John was in charge of the station as Sub-Officer since 1982.

In that time he attended some very big fires and went on to retire in 1999.

“He was a very good officer and everyone got on well with him,” Mr Dynan added.

“He was a friend to everyone at the station and we were very sad to hear of his passing.

“John will be greatly missed by us all at the station and by all who knew him.”

John’s main job outside of the fire service was working for the gas board, as Mablethorpe only houses retained firemen who are on call whenever needed.

Lincolnshire Fire Service is now set to send him on his final journey 
around his beloved Mablethorpe on the back of a fire engine.

The procession will be starting outside his home in George Street at around 12.30pm.

Heading up George Street it will then turn into the High Street, down Admiralty Road, leading to the Boulevard.

The journey will then head pass the fire station, turning right into Victoria Road and turning into Knowles Street, heading north up to Seacroft Road.

Then it will head west along the High Street to Alford Road, turning into Church Lane.

The funeral is set to take place at St Mary’s Church this Thursday, where the service will take place at 1pm.