This year’s Tynwald Day celebrations at St John’s - all offered free of charge - will be marked with music, dance, art and heritage…and will also provide an opportunity to wish ‘Happy Birthday’ to Tynwald Ted, the parliamentary mascot of the Isle of Man.
Making welcome returns are the Vikings in Cooil y Ree, offering an insight in an ancient way of life that has shaped the Island’s history, and the One World Centre’s Global Village in the arboretum, a compelling mix of cultural influences from around the world, the Island’s international links and the work of Manx charities helping to transform the lives of others in the developing world.
A new face at St John’s will be that of Tynwald Ted, who will be celebrating his birthday and mingling with the crowds, inviting people to take ‘selfies’ with him, tag him on Instagram (search for ‘@TynwaldTed’) or send their images to firstname.lastname@example.org. After Tynwald Day Ted will choose one of the photos and present a gift token to the winner.
All this alongside Manx music and dance, street theatre, butter-making demonstrations, an opportunity to discover more about Biosphere Isle of Man, which celebrates the Island’s UNESCO status as a world biosphere region, and the timeless appeal of the Sunset Ceremony performed by the Royal Artillery Band before the programme concludes with the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums performing on Tynwald Hill.
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian OBE, said: ‘This is the most special day in the life of the island, combining tradition, pageantry and fun. Why don’t you come and watch the Tynwald ceremony, wander around the Fair field stalls, picnic in the arboretum, enjoy the day’s entertainment programme and try all the activities? You can plan to spend the whole day at St. John’s, there is so much to do and if you haven’t been for a while, please come and join us on the 5th of July.‘
To find out more about the events happening at this year’s National Day celebrations, keep updated via Facebook: www.facebook.com/TynwaldDay.
Tynwald Day will be streamed live on www.tynwald.org.im. To follow the proceedings as they happen click on the ‘Watch Live’ link.
Tynwald Day grandstand seat tickets, priced £4 to include a programme, are on sale at the Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, or can be reserved by telephone. Call 685500.
Blue Badge holders can apply to the Tynwald Administration Office for a parking pass entitling them to a reserved space at St John’s Primary School. For all enquiries, telephone 685500.
To find out about public transport serving the Tynwald Day celebrations visit www.iombusandrail.info or call the Welcome Centre bus information line, 662525.
Tynwald Day is central to Manx National Week, July 2 to 10. Events being held for Manx National Week are listed in the Tynwald Day enhancement programme along with all the many activities taking place after the Tynwald ceremony in the Royal Chapel, the Front Green, the Bunscoill and the Manx Tent. Copies of the programme can be downloaded from www.tynwald.org.im. Hard copies are available from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, from the Tynwald Library and will be available on the day at the Tynwald stall on the Fair field.
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