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RNLI Douglas makes arrangements for Sir William Hillary Commemorative Service

Lifeboats News Release

The Annual Commemorative Service to honour the memory of Sir William Hillary, the founder of the RNLI, will be held on Sunday 8 January 2017 at St George’s Church, Douglas, at 3.00pm.

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Mr. Adam Wood laying the wreath at the 2016 service

RNLI/Mike Howland

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Mr. Adam Wood laying the wreath at the 2016 service

The service is to be conducted by the Archdeacon of Man, the Venerable Andrew Brown. RNLI Douglas Patron, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO, will be attending the Service and will lay a wreath on the tomb of Sir William & Lady Hillary in St George’s Churchyard after the service.

The Crew and Committee of the Douglas Station extend an invitation to all supporters of the RNLI lifeboat service to be with them on this occasion, and afterwards in the South Douglas Old Friends Association premises in Finch Road where light refreshments will be served.

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Caption for one attached photo: "His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Mr. Adam Wood laying the wreath at the 2016 service". Credit: RNLI/Michael Howland

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