Cover of a programme for an early Lifeboat Saturday in the 1890s
Cover of a programme for an early Lifeboat Saturday in the 1890s

Five years after the Mexico disaster, with the tragic loss of 27 lifeboat crew members from Lytham, Southport and St Annes, a public fundraising appeal is launched. Taking the cause to heart, local man Charles Macara and his wife Marion organise the first Lifeboat Saturday in aid of the appeal. Bands, floats and lifeboats parade through the streets of Manchester, followed by volunteers with buckets and purses on poles. This is the first charity street collection ever recorded, and the formula proves popular for decades to come.