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Royal British Legion Conference returns

The Royal British Legion Conference will return to the Isle of Man next week after a gap of some 26 years.

Around 800 delegates will be here from Friday (May 21) for the three day event, the second major conference hosted by the Island in recent months.

The first day of the conference sees the staging of the National Standard Bearers contest with business sessions continuing on Saturday and Sunday.

Delegates will attend a night of Manx entertainment at the Gaiety Theatre on Saturday night.

Political member for Isle of Man Tourism, Geoff Corkish MHK, says it's fitting the Conference should return here as we've supported the aims of the British Legion for a long time. The Island has also produced a national chairman and several national standard bearers.

In addition, the Isle of Man has won the Poppy Appeal Trophy for over 30 years which is a further demonstration of its commitment and support for the work of the Legion.

A figure of over £100,000 was reached for the first time last year.

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