Gef’s Morning Brief

Thirty Years of Service

The island’s fire service has congratulated David Craine on three decades of retained and full time service. Having started as a retained fire fighter in Castletown on November 1 1991, his first call out was to a full emergency at Ronaldsway Airport, smoke issuing from a cockpit. Five years later, David joined Douglas station as a full time firefighter on Blue Watch. Since then he has served as firefighter on each of the watches in Douglas and is currently back on Blue Watch as Leading Firefighter.

He said that three fires which stood out for him since he started were the B&B Furniture fire in 1993, the Bradda Head and the Delamere Hotel fires in 2003 and the Mount Murray fire in 2013. David is also the last serving firefighter to answer 999 calls, when they went direct to Douglas Station, before the creation of the Emergency Services Joint Control Room.

David said: ‘Over the years I have worked with some tremendous people, it’s a great job that I fully recommend to anyone who wants a rewarding career, I am not retiring yet!’

Here we have a photo of David (5th from the left) when he first joined at Castletown and a photo (above) taken today on Blue Watch (3rd from the left). Credit goes to Isle of Man Fire and Rescue for the pictures and words.

New Chairman

Castletown Commissioners have selected Jamie Horton as it’s new chairman, just a few weeks after chairwoman Carol Quine quit the board.

Upon his election, Mr Horton said: ‘I am both humbled and honoured to be Chairman of Castletown Commissioners. I would ideally have liked it to be under different circumstances but nonetheless it is still a great honour. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Miss Quine for all the hard work she put in both as Chairman and a Commissioner and I hope that we can now continue to move forward not only as a Board but as a united team and together, we aspire to do great things for Castletown. I would also like to give special recognition to Mr Ludford-Brooks for discharging official duties on behalf of Castletown whilst acting as Chairman in recent weeks.’

Jerry Ludford-Brooks will continue in his role as vice chairman.

Ramsey Commissioners

With nominations now closed, 11 people have put their name forward to fill the three spaces on Ramsey Commissioners. The by-election has come from a lack of candidates for the island-wide local elections which were held in the summer.

The candidates, who can still withdraw up until 2pm today, are:

Adam Robert Beighton, Lamara Louise Craine [Isle of Man Green Party], Janette Ferguson, Grant Richard Hill, Pauline Johns-Garrett, Tracy Suzanne Kinrade, Stella Margaret Moss, Luke Parker, Daniel John Richardson, Robyn Spencer and Edward Wilson,

Arrangements will now be made for a poll to be held in Ramsey North Ward on Thursday November 25, the polling station will be at Ramsey Town Hall and Polling Cards will be issued in due course.

Birds Life

If you’re a twitterer or just interested in the island’s birdlife, a talk this evening could be just the piece for you as Neil Morris, MD of Manx BirdLife, gives a talk on ‘Birds of Conservation Concern in the Isle of Man (BoCCIoM) 2021 & the new Manx Red List of Birds’. The talk will include a look at which birds are on the red and amber lists and a breakdown of the List of Manx Birds. This is on at Union Mills Methodist Chapel. Tea, coffee & biscuits from 7pm. Presentation at 7.30pm. For more info, click here.

India Net Zero

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed his country to a net zero target of 2070, some 20 years behind when UK PM Boris Johnson wants to see countries commit to at COP26. However, this is still quite a significant step for the world’s third-largest emitter, which still gets more than 50% of its electricity from coal.


Meanwhile the nation’s grandad Sir David Attenborough has urged COP26 climate summit delegates to ‘turn tragedy into triumph’ and tackle climate change during an impassioned speech which drew a standing ovation. He also criticised wealthier nations, saying this was also a story of inequality and that ‘those who’ve done the least to cause this problem are being the hardest hit’.

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