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Mona's Queen Memorial

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The Isle of Man Steam Packet ship Mona’s Queen played a vital part in the Dunkirk evacuations 70 years ago, when, along with 7 other Steam Packet ships, they rescued 25,000 soldiers, 1 in 14 of all troops brought back to Britain. She had already made one trip, rescuing 1,200 soldiers, when she was sunk by a mine on her second trip to the beaches.

The anchor from the Mona's Queen was retrieved from the sea bed in 2010 and taken to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead where it was restored before being returned to the Island. The Anchor has been positioned at Callow Point in Port St Mary.

 

On Tuesday 29th May, there was a ceremony of dedication and remembrance, attended by the Governor, and a large number of the Manx community. Also in attendance was a number of personnel from the French military, the Mariners Choir, the Port St Mary School Choir and Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band, with Deputy Musical director, Bob Astill.

 

The band played the naval march “The Red, White and Blue” and the led the Mariners Choir in the singing of “Will Your Anchor Hold”. During the dedication the band played the Manx National Anthem and the Royal Anthem. Band stalwart, Arthur Christian performed a beautiful rendition of the Last Post and Reveille. At the conclusion of the dedication the band played the Manx Fishermans Evening Hymn.

 

Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band were pleased to be involved in this worthy community event, “it was a privilege to be there” said Band Secretary, Simon Court.

 

Report by Simon Court 13/07/2012

Photograph by Rich Ashcroft

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