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Christian made 'Freeman of Douglas'

Council Leader honoured for 30 years of service

The Leader of Douglas Council has been recognised for his over 30 years of service to the town.

David Christian was awarded 'Freedom of the Borough' at a ceremony last Friday (21 September), following a unanimous decision by his fellow councillors.

Councillor Wells and Councillor Skinner, who proposed that Mr Christian be given the award, felt it was only right that the honour go to such a 'dedicated figure, with a tenacious personality'.

The event was held in the Douglas Council chambers in front of an audience of family, friends and colleagues.

Mr Christian says he was 'truly humbled' to receive the award, and thanked the many people who supported him during his life and political career.  

First elected to serve Hills Ward in November 1987, he's been successful in all local authority elections since, and was appointed an MBE in 2013, whilst holding numerous other roles in civic society.

Reflecting on three decades worth of politics, Mr Christian spoke to Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne about his early beginnings.

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