Isle of Man News last updated 23 May 2017 13:54:19

Public invited to mark Armed Forces Day

POSTED Mon at 1:40 pm

The public is invited to take part in the Isle of Man’s Armed Forces Day on Sunday 25th June.Local men and women serving in the armed forces will join veterans in a parade along Douglas’s promenades at 3pm and at a church service at the Villa Marina at 3.40pm.The multi-denominational service, led by Archdeacon Andie Brown, will have the theme ‘Peace and security for all, hard won by the few.’ In what is a moving highlight of the service, serving personnel returning to the Island for the occasion are welcomed into the Royal Hall with a standing ovation.The day culminates in afternoon tea and an evening of entertainment.Brigadier Norman Butler CBE chairs the Armed Forces’ Day organising committee, which has the patronage of the Lieutenant...

Tynwald Day 2017: Ceremony and celebration

POSTED Mon at 12:15 pm

Tynwald Day 2017 will be distinguished by ceremony and celebration. The Island’s national day on Wednesday July 5 will serve as an occasion to welcome two visiting units from the Royal Air Force as they perform their ceremonial roles and add to the colour and spectacle of the formal proceedings. Manned exclusively by officers and airmen of the RAF Regiment, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, the Queen’s Colour Squadron will form the guard of honour. The squadron is the RAF’s only dedicated ceremonial unit, but also has an operational role as 63 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment. Joining the squadron will be the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment which, in additional to its ceremonial duties, undertakes operational...

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