Ian Celebrates 40 Years

Wednesday evening’s Manx Youth Band’s concert was a special occasion as it marked exactly forty years since Ian Clague was appointed as Musical Director. Since then, the organisation has gone from strength to strength and Ian’s incredible efforts have led to many successes. Pictured below is Ian being presented with a gift to mark the occasion by band Chairman Phil Shimmin.

Captain Quilliam

Wednesday also celebrated another islander as Captain John Quilliam, the famed Manx Naval hero was the subject of a double celebration at St Mary’s On The Harbour Church. To mark his life and career the Isle of Man Post Office and The Quilliam Group joined together to launch two important memorials to Quilliam’s life and successes.

The Post Office have issued a commemorative issue of six stamps by the highly talented local artist Colleen Corlett, which vividly illustrates six outstanding episodes from Quilliam’s life at sea, and later back ashore in the Isle of Man in public service as an MHK.

Maxine Cannon, the General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said: ‘It is a great honour for us to again mark the memory of John Quilliam who is widely acknowledged as the foremost Manx Naval Officer. After volunteering for service in the Royal Navy and serving as an able seaman, he rose on merit through the ranks to command a number of frigates as well as most famously serving with distinction in HMS VICTORY under Nelson at Trafalgar. We are proud to represent Quilliam’s story through these stamps, sharing his tale with our customers worldwide. His name and legacy continues to travel the world, only this time by mail!’

Cummal Mooar

And a final anniversary as 34 residents at Ramsey’s Cummal Mooar got together last week to celebrate the residential care home’s 40th anniversary.

The party was attended by all residents, their carers, members of Manx Care’s Executive Leadership Team and Social Care division, and Dr Alex Allinson. The 46-bed capacity home opened on 4 October 1981, and has acted as a source of support for older people living in the North of the Island and their families ever since.

Sally Shaw, Manx Care’s Executive Director of Social Care, commented: ‘For the last 40 years, Cummal Mooar and its staff have played an incredibly important role in the lives of residents, their families and the broader community in the north of our island, and it was important to recognise this landmark with them. I really enjoyed spending time with the residents and helping them to celebrate their anniversary – and would like to thank them for organising a lovely afternoon.’

Dr Allinson added: ‘It was wonderful to see the residents enjoying their party, and to get involved with some of their games. After a difficult 18 months, it was heart-warming to share in their celebration of the home’s 40th anniversary and I would like to thank all the staff for their care and commitment.’

Energy Chaos

Two more UK energy firms have ceased trading amid soaring wholesale energy prices. Pure Planet, which is backed by oil giant BP, and Colorado Energy join a number of small energy firms that have gone bust recently. Pure Planet said it had been caught between rising costs and the UK’s energy price cap, which limits what companies can charge consumers. 

This had left its business ‘unsustainable’, it said. Customers of both companies will be moved to new suppliers.

Guilty MP

An MP who made threatening phone calls to a woman because she was jealous of her relationship with her partner has been found guilty of harassing her. Claudia Webbe, 56, a former Labour MP for Leicester East, who is now independent, was found guilty of one charge of harassment.  Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard she made several calls over two years and threatened the woman with acid.  After the verdict, Webbe said she was ‘deeply shocked’ and would appeal.

Captain Kirk

William Shatner has become the oldest person to go to space as he blasted off aboard the Blue Origin sub-orbital capsule. The 90-year-old, who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek films and TV series, took off from the Texas desert with three other individuals. Mr Shatner’s trip on the rocket system – developed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – lasted about 10 minutes.

Cancer Battle

Wales and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks has revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer. The 24-year-old said he has Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma but that ‘the prognosis is a positive one’ and will start treatment next week. Brooks, who has won 21 Wales caps, was on international duty last week and credits the Wales medical team for helping detect the illness.

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