Isle of Man News - POSTED Wed 15-08-2018

Tynwald Day chair to be included in WW1 installation

by TH

Tynwald Day chair to be included in WW1 installation

A chair made for the 1979 Tynwald Day ceremony will form part of a First World War commemorative installation.

It will travel to the In Flanders Fields museum in Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

The chair – made of laminated sheets of softwood - is one of a number made by Remploy; a company specialising in supporting disabled people into work.

The installation by UK artist Val Carman will feature more than 120 chairs from countries around the world which suffered losses in Belgium during the First World War.

Ray Ferguson is the Isle of Man County Chairman of the Royal British Legion – he says: "We are extremely pleased and privileged to be a part of this initiative as so many from the Isle of Man paid the supreme sacrifice during the Great War.

"Our chair will represent the 1,261 who never returned."

President of Tynwald Steve Rodan says: "Tynwald is both proud and humbled to have been invited to represent the Isle of Man in a project that will resonate profoundly with people around the world.

"The chairs from the Tynwald Day millennium celebrations serve as a permanent reminder of our nation’s thousand-year-old parliament.

"I believe it is therefore fitting that one of these chairs should now be contributing to a permanent reminder of those who served and those who died in conflict for our benefit and of the debt all of us – and future generations - owe to them." 

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