Walk out to Conister Rock proves towering success
More than 2000 people took part in a walk out to Conister Rock and the Tower of Refuge on Easter Saturday, April 7, organised by Douglas Development Partnership and sponsored by Tower Insurance.
Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson explained: ‘The event was a great success with the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas together with whole families – many bringing their dogs along as well – taking part. Clearly there’s a real fascination with this most recognisable of Douglas landmarks which has such strong links with the RNLI through Sir William Hillary who originally proposed the building of a sanctuary on Conister Rock for shipwrecked crews and passengers.’
Mrs Anderson said the event had also provided an opportunity for participants to support the RNLI, whose members were out in force on Douglas promenade. She continued: ‘We’re very grateful to Tower Insurance for their support and to the Isle of Man Coastguard for their supervision and guidance. We were also delighted that we were able to enlist the services of our own “William Wordsworth”, Ben Jolly, who was on the tower reciting the poet’s “On Entering Douglas Bay” from which the Tower of Refuge gets its name.
‘It was a rare occasion and a rare sight to see the lines of people on the beach making their way to the tower. Given the tremendous level of interest we’re already considering repeating the event next year.’
(Photo: Andrew Barton)