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War memorial body established

The dedication of volunteers who work to protect the Isle of Man's war memorials has been commended by Tynwald.

Chief Minister Tony Brown put forward a motion calling for the establishment of an official body to be responsible for the preservation of the memorials and the creation of a public database with comprehensive details about them.

Mr Brown and other members paid special tribute to Hector Duff and his wealth of knowledge on the subject, as well as the late Harry Bacon and John Moore who worked tirelessly to protect the monuments to the Island's war heroes.

During the debate is was suggested the memory of the World Wars could be kept alive by encouraging schools to participate in events to mark armistice day.

Mr Brown acknowledged the importance of the issue, but said the aim of the body would purely be to protect the 500 plus memorials on the Island.

He said responsibility for Armistice Day commemorations lay with local authorities.

The establishment of the official war memorial body received unanimous support.

(Picture: The war memorial on Douglas promenade, from manxscenes.com).

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