A lunchtime event in the Tynwald Chamber on 10 April will celebrate 150 years of Manx democracy, with a potted history of the building, re-enactments of extracts from speeches and debates, personal anecdotes and music, all brought to you by historian, broadcaster and author Charles Guard and his talented friends, Caarjyn Cooidjagh, Greg Joughin and Jonathan King.
This free ‘Chamber Concert’ takes place between 1 and 2pm on Monday 10 April and anyone interested in the bits of history which are often overlooked should see www.isleofarchitecture.com/events for details of how to reserve tickets – places are limited and must be booked in advance.
“The Tynwald Chambers have been witness to some extraordinary events,” says Charles. “There are obvious ones, like the first woman MHK Marion Shimmin making her maiden speech which will be re-enacted here by Annie Kissack and the insults levelled at Keys’ members by James Brown, who was subsequently imprisoned. But who remembers Clifford Irving’s ‘whelk stall’ insult or the Lieutenant Governor and Mr Delaney’s braces, or more recentlyDavid Cannan’s disagreements with Manx Radio? All these, and more, are part of this concert programme.”
The event was devised by Charles Guard on behalf of Isle of Architecture:
“We couldn’t have a celebration of the Island’s built environment without including Tynwald,” says Charles. “The iconic ‘wedding cake’ building is as much part of Douglas as the Tower of Refuge, and is in daily use as the centre of our government. I hope this concert combines the history of the building with the history of 150 years of Manx democracy, in a light hearted, entertaining way with wide appeal.”
Although the event is free, booking is essential. It is an all-seated event, and space is limited to those with pre-booked tickets. Please note, security measures will be in place and no food or drink should be taken into the Chamber.