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Civil Defence Long Service Medal for Les Cannan 28 December 2006

Les Cannan, of Cronk-y-Voddy, received a Long Service Medal at the Civil Defence Corps’ Christmas Dinner on Friday, December 15.

Les Cannan Receiving Long Service MedalKnown affectionately as ‘Les the Bus’, Mr Cannan is the leader of the support team which provides the vital infrastructure and logistical support including vehicles and drivers to the Civil Defence volunteers on the Isle of Man. His day job is Bus Traffic Manager at the Department of Tourism and Leisure.

Presenting the medal, Emergency Planning Officer and Head of the IoM Civil Defence, Martin Blackburn said:

‘It’s a great pleasure to reward somebody who is such a loyal and dependable volunteer. Les is always quietly in the background but provides essential support to other Civil Defence teams.’

The Civil Defence Long Service Medal was instituted under a Royal Warrant in 1961 and is issued to individuals providing fifteen years’ efficient service.

Around 80 people - many of the Civil Defence Corps’ 52 members and partners – attended the event held at the Hydro Hotel, Douglas.

Kilkenny Plaque presentationDuring the evening, Commandant Noel Bourke of Kilkenny County Civil Defence in the Republic of Ireland, presented a plaque to commemorate 17 years of twinning between Kilkenny’s and the Island’s Civil Defence.

Mr Blackburn said:

‘The link between the Isle of Man and Kilkenny has been maintained through three changes of Head of the Civil Defence on the Isle of Man. It was established in 1989 when Maurice Felton was in post, then was continued by John Foster and myself. The UK no longer has Civil Defence volunteers whereas in Ireland they play an even bigger role in the community with their own inshore lifeboats, ambulances and auxiliary fire engines. The link between Kilkenny and our volunteers enables us to share training exercises and experience.’

The plaque will go on display at the Department of Home Affairs’ reception at Homefield on Woodbourne Road.

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