On Friday July 5 the Isle of Man will celebrate its National Day, central to which is the Tynwald Day ceremony at St John’s.
The formal proceedings begin at 9.45am when the participants in the parade assemble to line the processional way. A service in the Royal Chapel is then held, after which the Members of Tynwald process to Tynwald Hill where each Act of Tynwald will be read out in Manx and English. The promulgation of Acts on Tynwald Hill is required by statute and must be completed within 18 months of enactment or the Acts cease to have effect.
Tynwald Day is also when any person may approach Tynwald Hill to present a Petition for Redress. If the Petition is in accordance with the Standing Orders of Tynwald, any Member of Tynwald may subsequently request Tynwald to consider the substance of the petition.
There will be a theme of 'shipping' influencing the celebrations in 2019, which not only reflects the Island's rich maritime history and heritage and its centuries-old tradition of welcoming visitors to Manx shores and embracing new ideas, customs and culture, but also emphasises the important role shipping plays in promoting the Isle of Man to a global audience.
Adding to the pageantry of the formal proceedings is the Guard of Honour which, this year, will be formed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, distinguished by their scarlet tunics and bearskin caps.
Established in 1656, the Grenadier Guards is one of the oldest infantry regiments in the British Army. The regiment has taken part in almost every major campaign since the Second World War, including operations in Malaya, Cyprus, Aden, Cameroons, Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan OBE MLC, said: ‘Upholding the values of democracy is very much at the heart of the formal proceedings of Tynwald Day which, in 2019, provides an occasion for us to reflect on the 100th anniversary of two significant items of Manx legislation. In April 1919 the House of Keys Election Act 1919 gave the vote to all men and women over the age of 21 who lived in the Isle of Man, some nine years before residents in the United Kingdom would enjoy similar rights.
‘In October of that same year, the Constitutional Amendment Act allowed the admission of the first elected members into the Legislative Council, setting in train a series of reforms that has seen the Legislative Council move from serving as the Island’s executive to its current constitutional function as a revising chamber.
‘Tynwald Day is also an opportunity for the people of the Isle of Man to celebrate that which makes our island the very special place it is: continuity, constancy, tradition and heritage; qualities displayed at their finest at St John’s on our National Day.
‘Those same qualities are embodied in the Band of the Grenadier Guards, whom we are proud to be welcoming this year as our Guard of Honour. I am delighted that a regiment famed as much for its ceremonial as its operational excellence will be contributing to the spectacle of Tynwald Day.’
In addition to the formal proceedings there will be a wide range of attractions and entertainment for all the family including the traditional fair with a variety of stalls on the fair field. Activities will start at 9am and last until the closing moments of the day when, at 10.30pm, Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums will play the Manx National Anthem on Tynwald Hill.
Grandstand tickets, priced £4 to include a programme, will be on sale from Monday June 10 at the Tynwald Library, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, or may be reserved by telephoning 685500.
Blue Badge holders wishing to attend Tynwald Day may apply to the Tynwald Administration Office for a parking pass entitling them to a reserved space at St John’s Primary School. For enquiries, telephone 685500.
Persons wishing to present Petitions for Redress at the Tynwald Day ceremony on July 5 are reminded that Petitions must comply with the Standing Orders of Tynwald. Guidance for potential petitioners is available at tynwald.org.im or from the Tynwald Library, 685520.
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For details of Tynwald Day bus services, visit bus.im.