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Isle of Man beats Birmingham to host Royal British Legion Conference 16 June 2006

The Isle of Man secured the largest single conference to come to the Isle of Man in the past 10 years with the Royal British Legion conference for 2010 when conference delegates voted 347 to 141 in favour of the Isle of Man over Birmingham.

A delegation of 11 Royal British Legion members, headed by Ellis Killey the chairman of Isle of Man County, supported by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, were successful in persuading delegates at the Annual National conference in Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend, to vote for the a return to the Isle of Man after an absence of 22 years – the last conference was held in Douglas in 1988.

The Isle of Man continues its tradition of a supportive membership with the Royal British Legion and in recent years has produced a national Chairman, several national Standard Bearers, a Chairman for the Poppy Appeal and has held the Poppy Appeal Trophy for nearly 30 years.

The bid for the conference was made by Ellis Killey and a strict time allocation of 5 minutes was used effectively incorporating a new 3 minute promotional video for the conference market.

Ellis Killey said

“We are very pleased the Isle of Man won so comprehensively taking 71% of the vote over the UK’s second largest city, Birmingham. This was a team effort and I would like to thank the 10 delegates from the Isle of Man, Mrs Audrey Brown the Secretary of the IOM County and the rest of the party who offered their support in Blackpool. I would also like to thank the Department of Tourism & Leisure for their help and assistance, particularly the Minister for Tourism David Cretney, Martyn Quayle M.H.K and Richard Cuthbert.
We can now look forward to welcoming the Royal British Legion to the Isle of Man in 2010”.

Tourism Minister David Cretney M.H.K said

“We are delighted to hear of the success of the Isle of Man particularly as this conference will bring an estimated 1500 people to the Isle of Man.
It is also good to see my Department working with organisations in the Island, linking in with our Ambassador programme, and being successful in attracting business to the Isle of Man and this conference alone will be worth over £567,000 to the Manx economy.
We are winning a number of prestigious conferences and this can only enhance our reputation in the industry”.

Support has also been forthcoming from the Isle of Man Post Office and Isle of Man Breweries, who have intimated that they will produce special stamps or postcards and a Legion ale respectively.

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