Allen new Captain of German

The swearing-in of Allan Corlett to the position of Captain of the Parish

The swearing-in of Allan Corlett to the position of Captain of the Parish

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A new Captain of the Parish of German has officially been appointed at a ceremony at Government House.

Local businessman and charity volunteer Allen Charles Corlett was presented with his Warrant of Appointment and Badge of Office by Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood.

Mr Corlett, who has lived in the parish for more than 35 years and was born in Peel, has given service to the community in German through his work with many different organisations.

Most notably he serves as lifeboat operations manager with the RNLI at Peel and is a member of the Noble’s Hospital League of Friends, which helps purchase equipment, furniture and toys for the hospital and its patients.

As well as this, he has also held the post of chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Rushen and Western Mann.

Mr Corlett, who is managing director of building company Corletts, said: ‘I am privileged to live in the parish of German and I am very honoured to accept this role.’

Talking about the ceremony he said: ‘It was very emotional simply because it’s not something I thought I would ever do. I am very passionate about the Isle of Man and the role is long established since the Vikings - I am very excited!’

The Captain of the Parish can be traced back to Viking times when the Captain would command the island’s civil military forces.

Nowadays the role includes attending the Tynwald Day ceremony at Tynwald Hill on July 5 and calling and chairing requisition meetings in the parish.

Voters must make a formal request in writing to the Captain, who will then invite candidates to address voters and answer any questions they may have at the meeting.

‘I think it’s about being a non-political focus in the parish, if people need help or if groups need bringing together,’ Mr Corlett said.

The businessman succeeds the late John Kennaugh as the new parish official. Mr Kennaugh was a well-known Manx farmer in the island and held the post from 1992.

He was a Justice of the Peace for 24 years and was the longest-serving German commissioner having been first elected more than 40 years ago. He was also awarded lifetime membership to the Manx National Farmers’ Union for which he was president of for 10 years.

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