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Plans drawn up for Queen's celebration

The 'jewel in the Irish Sea' will be playing its part in the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations later this year.

There will be an extra bank holiday the day after Tynwald Day to give people the chance to mark Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne with community events or street parties.

The Council of Ministers has set up a working group to look at how the Island as a whole will celebrate the occasion and feedback has been invited from local authorities and other organisations.

The Isle of Man will be hosting a visit from the Prince of Wales as part of a Royal Family tour of Commonwealth countries, although a date has yet to be confirmed.

Chair of the Diamond Jubilee Working Group Tim Crookall MHK hopes people will have a fun day out on July 6, in the same way as they did for last year's Royal Wedding.

Anyone planning to stage an event is asked to notify the secretary of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Working group on 685211, or email ann.craine@cso.gov.im

The group wants to form an overview of what is being planned.

The extra bank holiday will be on Friday, July 6.

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