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Last Updated: Friday, 21 October 2005, 05:27 GMT 06:27 UK
Statue of Manx sailor is unveiled
Captain John Quilliam courtesy of The Story Of Mann
Captain John Quilliam sailed with Admiral Nelson
A bronze statue of the Manx sailor who had a key role in the Battle of Trafalgar will be unveiled on Friday.

Captain John Quilliam was the son of a farmer who rose to commissioned rank, and sailed on Nelson's flagship HMS Victory at Trafalgar.

The statue, created by Manx sculptor Bryan Kneale, stands in the Speaker's Garden at Castle Rushen in Castletown.

The ceremony coincides with the 200th anniversary celebrations of Nelson's victory over Napoleon.

Thousands of people around the United Kingdom will celebrate the anniversary on Friday.

The Isle of Man's new Lieutenant Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, will attend the unveiling at 0930 BST.

Chief Minister Donald Gelling MLC will open the service.

The statue was commissioned by the Council of Minister's Trafalgar Committee and was part funded by donations from the Arts Council, the Manx Heritage Foundation, the Public Lottery Trust, the Council of Ministers and the Isle of Man government.



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