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Manx National Week 18 May 2004

Shops, schools and members of the public are being urged to join in a whole week of events organised by Douglas Corporation.

The local authority is encouraging people to get involved in celebrating the Island's unique parliamentary history in the week surrounding Tynwald Day.

Chairman of the Manx National Week committee, Councillor Glenda Corkish said:

"Once again, we are involving young people as much as possible with competitions and events and we're asking shopkeepers to come up with imaginative window displays on the Manx theme. Last year we had some excellent displays."

A river race designed to teach children about the Dhoo and the Glass will be held on Tuesday, July 6, for the children of Anagh Coar School. Youth clubs are getting involved in a poster competition with voucher prizes for the winners and runners up in two age categories, and there will be cash prizes of 100, 50 and 25 for the best dressed shop windows.

A photographic exhibition charting the progress of the Island's capital will be mounted in the newly refurbished foyer of the Town Hall throughout Manx National Week, and a golf competition will be held on Thursday, July 8. There will also be musical entertainment in the Villier's Square by Urban Strawberry Lunch.

Councillor Corkish said:

"This performance will be a little bit different. It's a band that uses recycled materials for instruments - apparently, they knock the funk out of junk! We're keen for as many people as possible to join in what will be a fun, and also an educational, week for everybody."

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