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Watch this brilliant message from Katy Perry to terminally ill girl on Isle of Man

This is the message pop superstar Katy Perry has sent to terminally ill girl Sophie Birtles from the Isle of Man. Sophie's dying wish was to receive a message from pop star Katy.

Pop superstar Katy Perry Credit: Pete ‎@LFC771/Twitter

This is the message pop superstar Katy Perry has sent to terminally ill girl Sophie Birtles from the Isle of Man. Sophie's dying wish was to receive a message from pop star Katy.

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Family: Sophie has her message from Katy Perry

The family of a terminally ill girl from the Isle of Man whose dying wish was to receive a message from pop star Katy Perry say the American singer has sent them a message.

Sophie's family say Katy Perry has sent her a message Credit: Charlotte Birtles

Thousands on Isle of Man favour online census forms

More than 3,000 households on the Isle of Man have gone online to fill in the interim census form in the first two days. Credit: ITV

The total for Isle of Man census returns received to date is around 18,000 out of an estimated 37,000 occupied households.

More than 3,000 households on the Isle of Man have gone online to fill in the interim census form in the first two days.

Anyone who has not yet completed the census is encouraged to do so online by the 6 May cut-off for submission.

It's the first year to offer the option of online completion and the island's Government says the initial response is encouraging, with 1 in 6 returns being completed online.

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Same sex marriage Bill approved on Isle of Man

Six members at the House of Keys voted for the Bill this afternoon, with three against. Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man's Marriage and Civil Partnership (Amendment) Bill has been met with approval from members of the Legislative Council after its third reading.

Six members of the Legislative Council voted for the Bill this afternoon, with three against.

After a public consultation was posted on the Isle of Man Government website, the results showed 76 opposed the Bill, 10 were neutral and 90 supported.

Manx law stated homosexuality was illegal until 1992 and civil partnerships were legalised in 2011.

Isle of Man to light beacons for the Queen's 90th celebrations

The beacons at St John’s and Snaefell summit will be part of a network of more than 1,000 being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories. Credit: ITV.com

The Isle of Man is taking part in a special event to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

A beacon will be lit on the Green at St John’s at 8.30pm tonight by Allen Corlett, Captain of the Parish of German, who will read a message of congratulations on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Members of the community are invited to attend and take part in the tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who as Lord of Mann is the island's Head of State.

The beacon at St John’s will be part of a network of more than 1,000 being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies and UK Overseas Territories.

The Isle of Man Civil Defence Unit is also planning to shine a light from the summit of Snaefell as part of a number of beacons being lit at the four highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis (Scotland), Mount Snowdon (Wales), Scafell Pike (England) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland).

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