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Isle of Man's Tynwald Day will not feature fireworks

Tynwald Hill
A traditional beat the retreat ceremony will end Tynwald day

Fireworks will not feature in this year's Tynwald Day celebrations to save funds to support community groups, a Manx Parliament spokesman said.

The national festival on 5 July is centred around a ceremony at Tynwald Hill in St John's.

The spokesman said resources will be "focused on supporting the many local groups who assist in making Tynwald Day a unique national celebration".

Dog trials and the Grand Manx Dance event remain part of the festivities.

'Bring community alive'

The day will end with the traditional beat the retreat, a ceilidh, and performances by the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drum Band.

The Tynwald Music Fest, which ran for the first time last year, will be repeated during the late afternoon and evening on stages throughout St John's.

The day makes up part of Manx National Week, which features fairs and village walks from 3 to 10 July.

President of Tynwald, Noel Cringle said: "Now is the time to plan to bring your own community alive for National Week.

"Event organisers can contact our office to enable your events to be publicised free of charge."

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