HRH The Princess Royal receives a warm welcome from Peel RNLI on Tynwald Day
Today marked a historic occasion for The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew and fundraisers at Peel.
HRH The Princess Royal met with Peel RNLI crew members and fundraisers and talked about day-to-day life as part of the 24/7 charity that saves lives at sea. This formed part of The Princess Royal’s trip to the island to mark Tynwald Day - the National Day of the Isle of Man.
The RNLI visit was planned to recognise the significance of the island in the charity’s history, as the birthplace of the RNLI. Peel is one of five RNLI lifeboat stations on the Isle of Man. Douglas resident Sir William Hillary founded the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck in 1824, the organisation which later became the RNLI.
Whilst visiting Peel RNLI, Her Royal Highness enjoyed a tour of the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat and spoke with crew members about their voluntary roles with the charity. During the visit, The Princess Royal also presented long service certificates to some of the station personnel including Lifeboat Operations Manager Allen Corlett, Coxswain Jon Corlett and Deputy Launch Authority Eddie Allen. RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Chris Gaskin was also presented with his long service award during the visit.
The Princess Royal was welcomed by Peel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Allen Corlett and RNLI Chairman Stuart Blackley and was escorted on to the pontoon, where she met RNLI Coxswains Jon Corlett and Mike Faragher, who conducted a tour of the station’s new Shannon class lifeboat.
The £2.2 million Shannon Frank and Brenda Winter is the most advanced lifeboat in the RNLI fleet and is more manoeuvrable, safer, faster than the Mersey class lifeboat it replaced.
Peel RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Allen Corlett said:
‘It was an absolute privilege to welcome The Princess Royal on such an important day in the island’s calendar. She was genuinely interested in the roles of our volunteers who all make a valuable contribution to saving lives at sea and was most impressed by our Shannon and its capabilities.
‘It was interesting for her to see how charitable donations are spent. It has been a fantastic occasion and something which will stay with us all for a very long time.’
Notes to editors
For images from the visit, please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Wales, the West and the Isle of Man on 07786 668829.
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