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Isle of Man set to play a part in Diamond Jubilee celebrations 31 January 2012

THE Isle of Man is set to play a full part in celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

An extra bank holiday has been added to the Manx calendar on Friday, July 6, the day after Tynwald Day, to give local residents an opportunity to take part in community events such as street parties. The Council of Ministers has established a working group to gain an overview of how the Island as a whole is planning to celebrate the occasion. Feedback is currently being sought from local authorities and other organisations, and it is intended to publicise the details of confirmed events on the Government website.

The Isle of Man will also be hosting a visit this year by HRH the Prince of Wales as part of a Royal Family tour of Commonwealth countries. A date for the trip has yet to be announced by Buckingham Palace.

Tim Crookall MHK, Chairman of the Diamond Jubilee Working Group, said:

‘As a proud British Crown Dependency, we will be joining in the celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth who is our Manx Head of State and Lord of Mann. This unique occasion will provide an opportunity for neighbours and friends to get together for a fun day out, in much the same way as they did for last year’s Royal Wedding. We are asking people to let us know what they have in mind in terms of community celebrations, so that we can get a flavour of what is being proposed and also help to publicise any special arrangements.’

Any individuals or organisations planning to stage an event are asked to notify Ann Craine, Secretary to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Working Group, via email at ann.craine@cso.gov.im or tel: 685211.

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