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Mona's Queen Memorial

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11/05/2012 Mona’s Queen Anchor Memorial

The band were pleased to be asked to take part in the opening of the Mona’s Queen Anchor Memorial. The Mona’s Queen was an Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ship that was requisitioned at the outbreak of World War Two but was sadly sunk during the Dunkirk evacuations. 

To mark the seventieth anniversary of her sinking, it was decided that Mona's Queen's starboard anchor was to be raised and returned to the Isle of Man to form the centre-piece of a permanent memorial. The anchor had become detached during the sinking, and therefore did not form part of the War Grave. Her anchor was raised by a French salvage vessel, and was shown live on BBC television. There was a 12-gun salute from HMS Monmouth as a crane lifted the anchor of Mona's Queen from the seabed. The restored anchor from Mona's Queen will be sited at Kallow Point in Port St Mary.

Although not finalised , the programme for the event is as follows.

12:00 Band playing as people start to arrive

12:15 Welcome message from PSMC Chairman

- Address 

- Mariners Choir to sing (possibly supported by Band)

- Steam Packet nominated person to speak to coincide with sail past/arrival of Manannan

- SPLM Choir to sing

- Blessing by Archdeacon

- Minutes Silence / Last Post

- Mariners Choir / Scoill Phurt Le Moirrey Choir to sing 

- Anthems (supported by Band)

13:00 PSMC Chairman closes

The event will be attended by around 200-400 guests, with dignitaries from France and the UK along with many high profile IoM Government and Isle of Man Steam Packet officials.

 

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