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Ramsey Bay tragedy crew are remembered with new plaque

Six men who lost their lives in the 1956 Ramsey Bay tragedy have been remembered with the unveiling of a plaque in the town.

The men were all crew on the Fleetwood trawler, Fleetwood Lady, which had anchored in Ramsey Bay so three of the men could visit their families.

All six lost their lives when their rowing boat capsized as they returned to the trawler on the 7 March 1956.

The plaque was unveiled in front of family and friends at 11:00 GMT.

Eric Lyall and his son Eric James Lyall died, along with Allan Bradford, Reginald Wright, Albert (Abby) Cottier and Arnold Brew.

Barbara Coleman was 19 when both her father and brother were drowned.

Ms Coleman said: "The whole town was in mourning, not just our family, everywhere was quiet. It was so sad.

"It's a beautiful plaque. I am thrilled to bits," she added.

Three of the men had links with the Ramsey lifeboat. Mr Cottier was an assistant motor mechanic, Mr Lyall senior assisted the crew and Mr Brew frequently acted as launcher.

The plaque will be on permanent display at the junction of East Quay and West Quay in Ramsey.

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