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Royal Visit in 1964
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Royal Visit in 1964

Royal Visit by the Queen in 1964. This picture shows the Royal Car stopping by the Harbour.
Picture added on 01 January 2003
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Queen's Visit - 1964
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.

Added by Clem Watson on 27 October 2003
"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.
Added by Mario Marass on 25 July 2007
Douglass and Will were cigarette people I believe. Never knew who Lilla Marras was.
Added by DSM on 26 July 2007
Wasn't that a Company called W D & H O Wills, they made cigarettes in the Fifties & Sixties
Added by Mary MacKay now Tomlinson Harrison on 26 July 2007
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.
Added by Estelle Quick on 27 July 2007
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.
Added by Campbell Ross on 28 April 2009
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