Dinner dance celebrates 25th anniversary of Douglas lifeboat

Sir William Hillary

Sir William Hillary

A dinner dance celebrating the silver anniversary of Douglas’s lifeboat, the Sir William Hillary, was attended by more than 100 supporters and friends and raised £7,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

The lifeboat began its island service 25 years ago in 1988.

The dinner dance was organised by the Douglas Lifeboat Guild.

The cash raised would be enough to provide a year’s training for the whole of the Sir William Hillary’s six-man crew.

During its 25 years on station at Douglas, the Sir William Hillary has been called out on service 264 times, rescuing 335 people and saving 87 lives, and will continue to serve until 2016 when the present Tyne-class lifeboat is due to be replaced by one of the RNLI’s latest design Shannon class lifeboats.




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