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Children of Chernobyl at Castle Rushen 15 August 2003

King Thomas III, 2nd Earl of Derby, welcomed Chernobyl's children to his court of 1507 in Castle Rushen this week. As part of their visit to the Isle of Man the children with their interpreters and helpers enjoyed an escorted tour of the Castle.

Fiona McArdle, Education Officer for Manx National Heritage commented 'It was a pleasure to welcome the children of Chernobyl to Castle Rushen and share with them some of the Manx traditions and customs'.

The highlight of their tour was a visit from the 'King' who held court in the Medieval Banqueting room, together with the Lords and Ladies of his Court. The children served him with wine and sweetmeats, 'gyngebrede' as it was known, and performed dances of the period. The children also proved to be adept jugglers for the King's entertainment, helped by work experience student with MNH, Sarah Brown.

An unexpected treat for the Castle hosts was a stirring rendition of a song the children had learned for their visit to the Island. Mrs McArdle concluded 'All those who took part thoroughly enjoyed the event and learned from each other's customs and culture'.

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