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War dead remembered as Island falls silent

Businesses, government offices, shops and members of the public around the Isle of Man observed a two minutes silence this morning (Friday), as a mark of respect for those who have given their lives for their country.

Government staff stopped and parked their vehicles, and government meetings were suspended.

A remembrance service was held at the war memorial on Douglas Promenade, after which the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood was the first to lay a wreath.

With waves crashing over the promenade footway, the service was moved across the road to the shelter of the Villa Marina Colonnade.

Others present included members of the Royal British Legion, standard bearers, schoolchildren and members of the public.

Wreaths were also placed on the war memorial by Mayor of Douglas Ritchie McNicholl, St John Ambulance, the Isle of Man Constabulary and the Normandy Veterans Association, among others.

There will be another two minutes silence on Sunday, followed by the national service of remembrance at the Royal Chapel of St John, at 3pm.


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