Walk to Tower of Refuge is great success

Walk out to Tower of Refuge at low tide organised by the Douglas Partnership as a fund raiser for the RNLI
Walk out to Tower of Refuge at low tide organised by the Douglas Partnership as a fund raiser for the RNLI

Thousands of people took up the chance to take part in a guided walk to the Tower of Refuge on Friday evening.

The event, organised by the Douglas Development Partnership, was a fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

People of all ages donned their wellies for the walk across Douglas beach at low tide and then a final slippery section along a seaweed-strewn causeway to Conister Rock and the tower itself.

While there, there was the chance to take pictures of the impressive landmark from all angles before making the walk back.

There was such a strong turn out to the event that the queue snaked a long way back up the beach.

There was no entry fee to take part but people were encouraged to make a donation to the RNLI.

The Tower of Refuge was built in 1832. It was the idea of Sir William Hillary, founder of the RNLI in 1824. He moved to the island in 1808 and died in Douglas in 1847.

The event was sponsored by Tower Insurance.

See this week’s new-look Isle of Man Examiner for a picture feature from the event.