Tynwald Day celebrations to attract thousands

2014 Tynwald Day ceremony at St John's

2014 Tynwald Day ceremony at St John's

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Thousands of people will descend on St John’s on bank holiday Monday (July 6) for the annual Tynwald Day ceremony and celebrations.

The ceremonial occasion will begin at 10.10am, when students from each of the island’s schools will parade to Tynwald Hill and along Processional Way, led by Onchan Silver Band.

From 10.20am the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood will lead the Guard of Honour from the 40 Commando Royal Marines, the standard bearers and other Manx units onto Tynwald Green to take their positions.

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The official guests of Tynwald will then take their places ahead of the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood at 10.32am, who will receive a fanfare by the trumpeters of the Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood.

Following a Royal salute, His Excellency will inspect the Guard of Honour and place a wreath at the war memorial on Tynwald Green, followed by a minute’s silence.

Those attending the service in the Royal Chapel will make their way inside for the start of the service at 11am. Peel’s Karen Elliott will be the soloist during the service.

The service will conclude with the Manx National Anthem and a procession of Tynwald members, captains of the parishes, members of the judiciary, dignitaries and guests will make their way to Tynwald Hill.

The 18 Acts passed in the last 12 months will be promulgated in both English and Manx and His Excellency will invite members of the public to present their petitions for redress of grievance.

Led by the bearer of the Sword of State, the gathering will proceed along Processional Way to the sitting of the Court of Tynwald in the Royal Chapel.

In recognition of his charity work and decades of public service, Geoff Karran MBE will be presented with the Tynwald Honour, the highest award the Manx Parliament can present to an individual.

The ceremonial events are expected to conclude at around 1pm.

The Tynwald Day ceremony will be streamed live on tynwald.org.im

Tynwald Day grandstand seat tickets, priced £4 to include a programme, can be bought by calling the Tynwald Library on 685520.

Ten official guests will attend this year’s Tynwald Ceremony. They include Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and Chairman of Committees Lord Sewel CBE, President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, members of the National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly and the deputy presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament.

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