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Tynwald day

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Tynwald, our government, meets annually (normally on 5 July) at an open-air ceremony at Tynwald Hill at St John's, the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man presides over the ceremony, unless HM The Queen as Lord of Mann, or a member of the Royal Family representing Her Majesty, is present. All the new laws are read out and special petitions are received by members of the public. Behind the official parade ground is the fair ground where Manx people have all their market stalls with crafts and goodies. This was our second year of having a stall and last year the weather was atrocious with torrential rain but thankfully this year we had a lovely sunny day.


We met some lovely people, visitors and locals, who loved the idea that Laxey Woollen Mills is now a proper destination with the Mill shop, weaving, Manx tweeds, art gallery, dress shop, our gift shop and The CrafTea Weaver tearoom.

Our stand worked as a great promotional tool for the whole of the Mill complex. It was a long day but we had a fun day catching up with a lot of our suppliers too.


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Laxey Woollen Mills
Glen Road, Laxey
Isle of Man, IM4 7AR
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