Island’s new governor officially sworn in

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School children waved miniature Manx flags as the island’s new Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney arrived at the Douglas courts building for his official swearing in ceremoney.

There to greet him was an official reception of members of Tynwald including Chief Minister Allan Bell, speaker Steve Rodan, Tynwald President Clare Christian, Chief Constable Gary Roberts and First Deemster David Doyle.

The occasion was an interesting early engagement for recently installed Douglas mayor and mayoress John and Gillian Skinner.

Official proceedings took place in the relatively modern surroundings of Courtroom Three, rather than at Castle Rushen, this year.

In his address, Sir Richard Gozney said: ‘Your distinctive and very special history is humbling and puts into perspective the role of any figure called to play a small part for a short period. The next few years are an enticing prospect for both of us.

‘We are greatly looking forward to them. I am conscious that I am only the second Lieutenant Governor whom the island, on its own, has chosen to put forward to the queen. This reflects the even stronger autonomy of your island now than in previous decades.’

Referring to the island’s financial industry, he added: ‘I have b een struck by how the Isle of Man in recent years has often led the way in showing the responsibility of a small financial and service inddustry centre which want sto prosper through legitimate business and which eschews financial or service business at any price.’

After the ceremony Mr Gozney and his wife, Diana, walked around the concourse in front of the court building and chatted to schoolchildren.

His most recent job as a diplomat was as governor of Bermuda.

His first engagement is this (Friday) afternoon in Castletown where he will meet Richard McAleer, chairman of Castletown commissioners, and Castletown schoolchildren.

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