Big Screens for Governor Ceremony?

An MHK has suggested that big screens, such as those used to show World Cup matches across the UK, could be erected to show the swearing in of the next Lieutenant Governor.

Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Jason Moorhouse was quizzing the Chief Minister on where and when Sir Richard Gozney’s replacement will be sworn in. 

Traditionally the governor is sworn in at Castle Rushen, in the courtroom of the island’s ancient capital, but when Sir RIchard was sworn in, manx National heritage said it wasn’t in a fit state so he was sworn in at Douglas Courthouse. 

Mr Quayle told Tynwald that not only has a new governor been selected, though not yet confirmed, but that their appointment will be confirmed later this year. He also confirmed that it remains the intention of the ‘swearing in committee’ for the new governor to be sworn in at Castle Rushen. 

Mr Moorhouse then asked: ‘Live streaming of the event is planned, will local authorities and councils be encouraged and will support be made available to erect large screens in places like Castletown Square to enable local people and visitors to watch the ceremony as it happens?’

However Mr Quayle said it was not a gov matter but if local authorities wanted to do this, then the gov ‘stands ready’ to work to support those that do to ‘ensure that it is a memorable occasion’. The Chief Minister also confirmed that there will be Covid mitigations in place in case there is an outbreak on the island.

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