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IoM Gov considers banning flights on Tynwald Day

Tynwald Day is celebrated every July 5th on the Isle of Man to mark the formation of the world's first government in Viking times. Photo: IOM Gov

Isle of Man politicians could ban aircraft from flying over St John's during Tynwald Day.

A sitting will take place later this month to consider flight restrictions for the National Day, including those for the TT and Festival of Motorcycling events.

Flight restrictions are already in place to allow air ambulance teams easy access during the road racing seasons.

Tynwald Day in 1979, with parliamentary proceedings taking place on Tynwald Hill. Credit: Manx National Heritage

What is Tynwald Day?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip attend Tynwald Day in 2003. Credit: PA images
  • Tynwald Day, or in Manx Gaelic "Laa Tinvaal", is the island's celebration every July 5th (sometimes the following Monday if it falls on a weekend) marking the oldest continuous parliamentary body in the world.
  • It is believed Viking settlers first established Tynwald, however the first recorded Tynwald Day was held in 1417.
  • The Island's legislature, Tynwald, meets at St John's, instead of Douglas where they currently sit.
  • The session is held partly in the Royal Chapel of St John the Baptist and partly in the open air on the adjacent Tynwald Hill, which is said to be soil of 17 parts of the parishes which make up the island.
  • The island's national herb is usually worn by Manx residents and officials, with a Head of State in attendance - previous Heads include Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, and many others.
HM The Queen wearing the Manx bollan bane herb, along with a Tynwald pin. Credit: PA images