Honour for Hazel but RNLI cuts fear

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PEEL Lifeboat Ladies’ Guild has honoured its chairman, Hazel Hannan, by appointing her president in recognition of her voluntary work since 1982, including 20 years in the chair.

The announcement was made at the AGM of Peel RNLI held at the town hall.

Mrs Hannan was thanked by branch chairman Stuart Blackley for all her work over the years.

She is being succeeded as chairman of the Ladies’ Guild by Paddy Kelly.

But there was a warning that the RNLIL in the island could face cuts.

Lifeboat operations manager Allen Corlett gave his report and explained that 26 exercises had been carried out and there had been six service calls, the most arduous being a long 20-mile tow in gale force winds from the Mull of Galloway back to Peel, of an ex-Liverpool pilot boat on passage to Wick in the far north of Scotland. He explained that a coastal review of the Isle of Man’s stations was taking place and warned that under the present financial conditions cuts could be made.

Mr Blackley thanked all the volunteers, in particular the crew for all their hard work, and commented that everyone would have to work harder because things could only get tighter over the next 12 months. Branch officers were appointed as follows: chairman, Stuart Blackley; admin officer, Mark Gosden; treasurer, Margaret Kelly; and press officer, Malcolm Kelly. Committee: David Kinley, Herbert Watterson, John Teare, Dr Christian, Chris Wilkinson, Jack Lee and Tom Bryan-Brown.

Other appointments were:

Vice-chairman, Jackie O’Halloran; secretary, Shirley Collins; treasurer, Margaret Kelly; assistant treasurer, Isabel Lawrence; events secretary, Julie Marshall; membership secretary, Adrienne Teare. Committee – Marj Rothwell, Rose Blackwell and Joan Simpson. Treasurer Margaret Kelly reported that it had been an excellent year with a total of £32,327 raised – a significant increase on £10,583 from the previous year.

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