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Andrew Burden, Juan Watterson and Richard Ronan on the bridge

Andrew Burden, Juan Watterson and Richard Ronan on the bridge

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The pedestrian swing bridge over the harbour at Castletown will be named to honour the actions and memory of Major Robert Henry Cain VC.

Major and Mrs Cain’s daughter Frances Clarkson, wife of TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, will carry out the naming ceremony on Sunday, September 7.

Castletown MHK Richard Ronan and The Isle of Man Government War Memorials Preservation Committee have arranged for the bridge – near where he lived during his retirement – to be named Cain Bridge.

The event ties in with the 70th anniversary due later in September to commemorate the Battle of Arnhem in Holland, where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his ‘superb gallantry’.

The citation continues: ‘His powers of endurance and leadership were the admiration of all his fellow officers and stories of his valour were being constantly exchanged amongst the troops. His coolness and courage under incessant fire could not be surpassed.’

The ceremony will be carried out at 12.30pm and will see entertainment from Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band and Guy Pickard.

As well as the new name plate, funded by The Rotary Club of Rushen and Western Man, Castletown Regeneration Committee will install a Wayfinder sign with details regarding the Major and his connection to Castletown.

The same day Mrs Clarkson will open a permanent display by the Manx Aviation and Military Museum giving more details of the Major.

The display will be open to the public after midday.

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