Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 02-01-2014

Manx nationalists gather at Hango Hill

by Joanne Clague

Manx nationalists gather at Hango Hill - picture

There should be a thorough audit of all government departments to see where savings can be made.
That was the message today from Douglas MHK Bill Henderson, who delivered the English oration at the annual Illiam Dhone ceremony at Hango Hill.
Mr Henderson said nothing had been done on a ‘root and branch’ scale to establish how lean departments can become without jeopardising front line services. He said: ‘This has not been done, the most obvious, elementary procedure.’
He also called for an overhaul of the school curriculum so that children could learn more about their Manx heritage, stating: ‘The survival of our island, culture, heritage and history depends on our young people...It is our job to ensure they understand the importance of their own, unique home land.’
Social care policies were singled out for criticism, with Mr Henderson claiming nursing home closures were leaving older people vulnerable.
William Christian, better known as Illiam Dhone, was executed for treason at Hango Hill in 1663. The first Illiam Dhone commemoration took place in 1963 on the 300th anniversary of his execution. It was revived by Manx nationalists in 1980 and has been held annually ever since.
The event is organised by the Manx branch of the Celtic League and nationalist party Mec Vannin and this year attracted a crowd of some 30 people (pictured this afternoon at the foot of Hango Hill).

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