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Lady Kerruish Accepts Vellum 31 January 2004

The widow of the Isle of Man's leading political figure of the twentieth century has accepted an honour on his behalf from Douglas Corporation.

Before he died, Sir Charles Kerruish was appointed Freeman of the Borough of Douglas. Lady Kerruish was presented with an illuminated vellum, designed by local artist Colleen Corlett, on his behalf at an informal ceremony held at the Town Hall in Douglas.

She said:

"My husband was truly delighted that the representatives of the Island's capital had agreed to honour him in this way and recalled many of the leading citizens of the town with whom he had worked and forged friendships over the years. He also remembered tht Sir Winston Churchill had been granted the freedom of the borough."

Lady Kerruish added:

"During his lifetime my husband received many honours and most people would consider his knighthood as the most prestigious of these. To him, this was not the case. He valued most of all Manx honours. He always said the captaincy of the parish of Maughold was one of the highest honours the Island could give to one of its citizens and he thought similarly of the freedom of the borough, although he unfortunately did not live long enough to receive this beautiful vellum."

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