A reception has been held this evening to mark the retirement of long serving lifeboat volunteer Neal Corran.

Having joined Douglas lifeboat in 1973 serving first as shore crew, Neal became a boat crew member in 1974, moving on to become Second Coxswain in 1985, and then taking over as Coxswain on the retirement of his elder brother, the late Robert Corran MBE, in 2003 before retiring himself earlier this year.

Douglas lifeboat Patron, His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO, accompanied by Lady Gozney, presented Neal with his RNLI Certificate of Service. Also in attendance were, His Worshipful the Mayor of Douglas, Mr Councillor Jon Joughin, J.P. with the Mayoress, Mrs. Angela Joughin, and the Chief Minister, the Hon. Howard Quayle MHK.

The opportunity was also taken to present Donald Bottomley with a RNLI Certificate of Service. Donald had been a volunteer crewman on the Douglas life boat since 2000 until his retirement also earlier this year.