Ideas for celebrating Tynwald Day Your Way at home are now available online. Access Tynwald Day via the Tynwald Day Facebook page or search for #TynwaldDay #TynwaldDayYourWay; then we would love you to share with us how you spend your National Day, whether you are on the Island or away. Information about Tynwald Day 2020 is also available on the Tynwald Day pages of the Tynwald website.
The removal of the requirement to be socially distant may mean that you might now be considering whether to watch the Ceremony at St John’s. However, the removal of the restrictions has not come in time for the infrastructure, which helps the Manx public to view the Ceremony in comfort, to be arranged for 6th July. Please note that there will be no grandstand seating this year and car parking will be limited to the small number of car parks ordinarily in operation in St John’s.
Further, as previously announced, there will not be a programme of enhancements and public entertainment and the Tynwald Fair will not be taking place. Petitions of Redress will not be presented in person and petitioners must follow the revised process as set out on the Tynwald website in order for their petition to be presented on the Petitioner’s behalf.
The modified Tynwald Ceremony, already announced by the President of Tynwald, will start at 10.30 am. For those wishing to experience the Ceremony from home, the event will be broadcast on Manx Radio and the livestream can be found by following this link.
The President of Tynwald said
Tynwald Day is celebrated each year not only by those present on the Island but also by our friends and families around the world and in many special ways.
I am proud to share an example of this: on 5th July in Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, the Manx Flag will be honoured at a ceremony at the Australian Standing Stones Monument which recognises Australia’s Celtic pioneers. The Standing Stones are a working calendar mirroring those used by ancient Celts as a guide of when to sow and harvest. The Isle of Man was to have been celebrated at the Australian Celtic Festival this year, but the event was cancelled due to Covid-19. To honour the Manx flag on our National Day is truly touching and I have sent warm greetings to those carrying out the ceremony.
It is understandable that the absence of entertainment and facilities at St John’s may mean that people choose to stay at home on their National Day holiday – celebrating Tynwald Day Your Way. I look forward to seeing how the resilient Manx people mark the day with the family and friends they can now join together with.
I wish everyone a happy Tynwald Day, wherever you are.
For further information contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 685500