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Visit Isle of Man to mark RNLI's 200th anniversary

Leaflet to be launched showing significant Island sites

A new leaflet is being launched to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the RNLI.

The charity is teaming up with Visit Isle of Man to 'highlight the rich nautical heritage of the Island'.

Last week representatives of the visitor economy came together at the Manx Museum to learn about plans to celebrate the milestone in 2024.

A new leaflet - including a map and trail - has been created pinpointing significant sites across the Island, the birthplace of the RNLI, where visitors can explore the lifesaving charity’s heritage.

It will be available to accommodation providers, at visitor information centres, the Sea Terminal and Isle of Man Airport.

Allen Corlett, chairman of the 200th Anniversary Isle of Man Panel and lifeboat operations manager for Peel RNLI, said: "We are thrilled to be collaborating with Visit Isle of Man to celebrate the significance of the Isle of Man in the RNLI’s history. 

"Sir William Hillary’s vision for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea became a reality in March 1824. Now, nearly 200 years later, the commitment of RNLI lifesavers continues assisted by a community of generous supporters.

"The RNLI 200 showcase evening where we presented our exciting plans was very well received.

"We are grateful to have had the opportunity to let local businesses and organisations know how they can be part of our celebrations and to enable them to work with us and Visit Isle of Man to share the RNLI's 200th year with their guests, visitors and friends. 

"We hope people will be inspired by our plans, promotional materials and events to continue their support for the RNLI."

The map will also show other locations relevant to the story of the RNLI in the Isle of Man, such as the resting place of Sir William Hillary, the bronze sculpture paying tribute to the bravery of lifeboat crews in Douglas’ Sunken Garden, a plaque commemorating the loss of HMS Racehorse and the House of Manannan which will host a special RNLI exhibition in 2024. 

As an incentive to visit all sites along the RNLI trail each location will also host a QR code providing more information.

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