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Salute to Reservists

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:47

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Sara Hackman JP, presided over a ceremony to present Certificates of Attestation to 42 Brigade reservists and later attended an open evening at the new Army Reserve Centre in Lord Street, Douglas on Wednesday September 30.


ADunnGroup DSC3984 MediumThe Mayor and Mayoress with Liam and Caitlin Dunn and their father Andrew Dunn


The evening occasion provided an opportunity for some 30 newly recruited reservists to take part in their first parade and flag-raising ceremony, also to meet former army personnel.


ACubbon DSC3908 MediumLance bombardier Cubbon receives his certificate from Brigadier Christopher Coles, Commander of the Army's 42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ North West. Also pictured is Juan Watterson MHK


Also in attendance was Juan Watterson MHK, in his capacity as Isle of Man Government Armed Forces Champion who addressed the reservists, saying: ‘This is the first attestation of troops on the Island since the Manx Regiment was wound up in 1968, but you are the latest in a long line of Manxmen proud to be involved in the British Armed Forces, from Ensign Bacon at Waterloo, Quilliam at Trafalgar, Major Cain VC at Arnhem, Hector Duff MM in Normandy and the men of the 15th Isle of Man Light Anti-Aircraft regiment in North Africa, Italy and Europe to FlightLieutenant Keith Collister in the first Gulf war , and many others in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is a proud legacy, and as you are the next generation of Manxmen in the Armed Forces, I know you will honour that legacy and do them proud.’


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AGunGroup DSC4102 MediumAmanda Keating and Bombardier Allan Shacklady