Tynwald Day 2020 - Ceremony
The President of Tynwald, The Hon S C Rodan OBE MLC, has announced that the Tynwald Day Ceremony will take place at St John’s on 6th July, albeit in a considerably modified form.
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, there has been a necessary reduction in the number of people who can take part in the Ceremony, but essential elements of the Ceremony will remain.
On arrival, His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor, will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial and a minute’s silence will be observed.
The Ceremony on the Hill will begin in the normal way with the Royal Anthem. The First Deemster will then direct the Coroner of Glenfaba and Yn Lhaihder to fence the Court before the Lord Bishop leads prayers, a change to the usual proceedings.
The Coroners will take their oaths; the Acts will be promulgated in English and Manx and petitions will be presented.
In the interests of social distancing, petitioners will not be able to come to St John’s; instead they will be asked to submit their petitions in advance. Any petitions which are received by a date to be specified will be ceremonially presented on behalf of the petitioners, and will be considered and published soon after Tynwald Day in line with normal practice. Further guidance for potential petitioners will be issued in due course.
The National Anthem will be sung and the departure of His Excellency will mark the end of proceedings.
The President said:
‘I am pleased that the Midsummer sitting of Tynwald – a ceremony with origins of more than one thousand years - will take place on 6th July, although much of the spectacle and pageantry which usually surrounds the day will sadly not be possible this year.
I trust that the day will still be enjoyable and one where the Manx nation will come together in spirit rather than in person. I look forward to seeing how people celebrate Tynwald Day in their own way.’
The full Ceremony will be broadcast on Manx Radio and livestreamed. The Manx public and friends of the Island far and wide are encouraged to embrace their National Day by celebrating at home and to have ‘Tynwald Day Your Way’.