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Royal Visit in 1964

Royal Visit in 1964

Date Added: 01 January 2003 Contributor: Unknown Year: 1964 Picture No: 239

Royal Visit by the Queen in 1964. This picture shows the Royal Car stopping by the Harbour.

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This is NOT her Majesty, cross refer to my photo No.511.It is the Duchess of Gloucester, alighting from the Rolls to name the Lilla Marass, Douglas & Will.
Just visible to the right is a corner of the former 'Customs Shed', with part
of the RNLI ensign shown tied to it.
Comment left on 27 October 2003 by Clem Watson
"It is the Duchess of Gloucester, alighting from the Rolls to name the Lilla Marass, Douglas & Will." Would like to know what Lilla Marass is. Thank you very much. Comment left on 25 July 2007 at 17:48 by Mario Marass
Douglass and Will were cigarette people I believe. Never knew who Lilla Marras was. Comment left on 26 July 2007 at 20:25 by DSM
Wasn't that a Company called W D & H O Wills, they made cigarettes in the Fifties & Sixties Comment left on 26 July 2007 at 22:17 by Mary MacKay now Tomlinson Harrison
You could probably find out who Lilla Marass was from the RNLI (if Clem doesn't know). The money for the lifeboat would have been left either by her or in memory of her. Comment left on 27 July 2007 at 11:13 by Estelle Quick
The Lilla Marras Douglas and Will was paid for by legacies from a Mrs J L Marras, London, a Mr J Douglas, Langbank and a Mrs W Kennedy of Langbarr, plus a gift from a Miss Robb and the balance from RNLI funds. She was built by Groves and Guttridge, Boatbuilders, Cowes, Isle of Wight. The cost was £33,723 (Compare that with the present lifeboats at around £2million). I did some work many years ago for a Mrs Elsie Douglas at Killillan on the west coast, who I believe may have had a connection with the Wills family, but I can't find anything yet which might suggest an RNLI link. Comment left on 28 April 2009 at 15:02 by Campbell Ross
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