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Army Reservist centre to open on Isle of Man

Recruitment drive on IOM Credit: ITV

An Army Reserve Centre will officially open on the Isle of Man today after a successful recruitment drive.

Plans were announced earlier this year to bring it back after almost half a century. The event will include a flag-raising ceremony and a standing parade by the island's new Reservists.

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Apprentice star Stuart Baggs' funeral to take place

Stuart died after an asthma attack Credit: Wear Blue for Stu campaign

The funeral of The Apprentice star Stuart Baggs, who died following an asthma attack, will be held on the Isle of Man later.

Stuart became famous on the show for some of his catchphrases including one where he described himself as "Baggs the Brand".

The service will be held at St Ninians Church in Douglas.

His family have set up a Facebook page called "Wear Blue for Stu" asking well wishers to post pictures of themselves wearing something Blue in his memory.

British champion Peter Kennaugh quits Tour de France

British champion Peter Kennaugh has abandoned the Tour de France, because of illness.

British champion Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

Kennaugh, from the Isle of Man, was part of the team which supported Froome to the 2013 title.

The 26-year-old was 146th at the start of the 201-kilometres route from Bourg de Peage to Gap, almost two and a half hours behind Froome.

Peter Kennaugh (third from left) celebrates Gold medal win with teammates Credit: PA

Kennaugh, who won London 2012 Olympic gold in the team pursuit on the track, successfully retained his British title on June 28 in Lincoln.


Chimney fire during Isle of Man ferry crossing

A fire broke out in the chimney stack of a ferry making its way from Douglas to Heysham during the 08.45 crossing this morning.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company engineers say they have contained the situation aboard the Ben-my-Chree. The engineers have allowed the vessel to continue with her journey to Heysham.

The company say no passengers or crew have been injured, and added that there is no significant damage to the vessel.

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