Douglas RNLI arrangements for Sir William Hillary Commemorative Service 2020

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, 12 January 2020, at St George’s Church, Douglas, at 3.00pm.

From a painting of Sir William Hillary


From a painting of Sir William Hillary
The service is to be conducted by the Archdeacon of Man, the Venerable Andrew Brown with the preacher being the Methodist Minister, the Rev. Richard Hooton.

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 RNLI will be represented at the service by Associate Director of Fundraising, Angela Rook, and Council member, Kate Wilson.

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.

Notes to editors
Caption for attached photo: Painting of Sir William Hillary Credit: RNLI

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