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William (Bill) Charles Dale BEM TH

In recognition of his public service to the Isle of Man and his charitable work.

William (Bill) Charles Dale was born in St John’s in October 1951, son of Bill and Anne Dale who ran the Post Office in the village for around 20 years. He started a career in journalism at the age of 18, going on to become editor of most of the local newspapers. He founded the Isle of Man Gazette in 1985 and the Manx Independent in 1987, then launched The Southern Chronicle in 2011 and The Northwestern Chronicle in 2014.

Since the 1990s Mr Dale has been a volunteer photographer and public relations consultant for Isle of Man Hospice,Breakthrough Breast Cancer and various other charities. In 2006 Mr Dale was appointed Assistant Commentator to Mr Ian Cannell CBE for the official Tynwald Day Ceremony. On the passing of Mr Cannell, Mr Dale was appointed as Commentator in 2017.

Mr Dale founded Beach Buddies in 2007 and ran it alone on a small scale until 2013 when he sought volunteers from the public. Using social media to promote the organisation, by the end of 2013 he had been joined by almost 1,500 people. The objective of Beach Buddies is to provide a long-term, effective, efficient and sustainable operation, using teams of volunteers to keep the beaches and foreshores of the Isle of Man free from litter. Beach Buddies survives entirely on donations and is sponsored by numerous companies, societies, organisations and individuals. It became a registered charity under the Charities Registration Act 1989 in 2014.

Beach Buddies is a true community organisation supported across the Isle of Man by the public, Government, schools and businesses. Its achievements have been recognised by a number of prestigious local awards and in 2016 the Isle of Man was given the prestigious honour of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – the only entire nation in the world to achieve this distinction. Beach Buddies was highlighted during the awards ceremony for its “excellent” example of beach cleaning methodology and was subsequently invited to become a member of the Isle of Man Government’s Biosphere Committee which will promote worldwide the Isle of Man’s special award. The Isle of Man’s Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney became the organisations first patron in 2016 and it has had communication from Her Majesty The Queen in support of its achievements. Annually Beach Buddies runs approximately 200 beach cleaning events and collects around 200 tonnes of rubbish from beaches. It also runs an ongoing education programme in all schools which has become part of the curriculum.

Since 2013 the number of Beach Buddies has increased and at close to 10,000 people is a number in excess of an equivalent of ten percent of the Isle of Man population.

Mr Dale was awarded the British Empire Medal for “Services to the Manx Marine Environment” in 2017.

Photo credit: Beach Buddies