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Ceremony in honour of Manx icon

Illiam Dhone (photo courtesy of Manx National Heritage)
Illiam Dhone was executed by firing squad on 2 January 1663

Manx nationalists have gathered in Castletown to salute Illiam Dhone, the man who they believe helped establish the Island's independence.

His execution on 2 January 1663 is commemorated each year with a ceremony at the windswept coastal spot of Hango Hill, where he was put to death.

He surrendered to Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War in 1651.

Supporters claim he protected Manx rights but others believe the surrender was a betrayal.

The ceremony is organised by the Celtic League and the Manx nationalist party Mec Vannin, and features speeches in English and Manx Gaelic.

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