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Radio programme on eccentric resident

A mysterious man who lived in the Isle of Man from the start of World War II will feature in a Radio Four programme this weekend.

Dr Alexander Cannon came from Leeds, but moved to the Island in 1939 because he saw it as a safe haven.

Before settling here, he was implicated in the abdication crisis in the United Kingdom, when Edward VII gave up the throne to marry his mistress, Wallace Simpson.

Dr Cannon wrote books about levitation and the occult, performed regular magic shows and faced allegations of being a Nazi sympathiser.

The programme has been put together by Sean Stowell, the son of Dr Brian Stowell, Manx Radio's native language expert.

Sean says he has always found Dr Cannon's story fascinating (play attached audio file):

The programme will be broadcast on Sunday evening.

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