For 2012 the Isle of Man Prison Service received the accolade and a donation of £50 to their nominated charity, the MSPCA, while the 2013 award went to the Isle of Man Army Cadet Force, together with a donation of £50.
Prison officer Shirley Faragher said: ‘It is a great honour to be part of the pageantry and ceremony of Tynwald Day, one of the rare occasions now when we can wear “the baratheas” as we refer to our dress uniform. We were therefore extremely proud to have been recognised by Tynwald in this way and also to be able to support a local Manx charity with this donation.’
Representing the Isle of Man Army Cadet Force Major Dean Johnson said: ‘Tynwald Day - the ceremony, the parade, the formal proceedings and the many attractions - sums up much of what the Isle of Man is all about. It is a privilege to take part in such a time-honoured event and, of course, to receive this donation, which will help fund camps and other activities for the benefit of youth in the Island.’
Presenting the awards the President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, said: ‘I congratulate both units on their achievement and, on behalf of Tynwald, extend my thanks to them for adding to the sense of occasion and tradition that distinguishes our national day.’
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, is pictured with representatives from the best turned out units for 2012 and 2013. Isle of Man Army Cadet Force Major Dean Johnson is pictured left to right with Isle of Man Prison Service officers Andrew Morrison, June Melvin, Carys Pease, Nicola Phillips, Shirley Faragher and Darren Mealin. (Picture Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal)