Tynwald Day basks under blue skies

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Suncream, hats and shades were the order of the day as Tynwald Day basked under glorious sunshine.

The fine weather encouraged a good turn-out at St John’s to watch the pomp and ceremony of the island’s National Day - or simply enjoy all the fun of the fair field.

Tynwald Day 2014

Tynwald Day 2014

There was a standing ovation in the St John’s chapel for D-Day veteran Hector Duff when he was awarded the island’s highest accolade - the Tynwald Honour - for his outstanding service to Manx life over many years.

Among official guests were leading film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode and internationally recognised sculptor Professor Michael Sandle, who was educated in the island. This year saw the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment revive ‘The Tynwald March’, written by local composer Charles Guard and originally commissioned by Sir Charles Kerruish.

Following the service in the Tynwald chapel, dignitaries proceeded onto the Hill from where 11 Acts were promulgated in Manx and English.

Seven members of the public - and one MHK on behalf of a constituent – exercised their right to present petitions for redress of grievance.

A new addition to the celebrations this year was a Viking village in Cooil y Ree gardens where you could learn how food was prepared in 979AD, try out weaving, wood carving and handle replica weapons.

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