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Geoffrey Karran joins Cavendish and Wisdom as Freeman

Geoff Karran (BBC), Mark Cavendish, Sir Norman Wisdom and the Bee Gees (Getty Images)
Image caption Mr Karran joins the likes of Mark Cavendish, Sir Norman Wisdom and the Bee Gees as a Freeman of Douglas

Isle of Man sport chairman Geoffrey Karran has joined Sir Norman Wisdom, Mark Cavendish and the Bee Gees as a Freeman of the Borough of Douglas.

The honour recognises his tireless dedication to charitable causes and the promotion of the global profile of the Isle of Man through sport.

The 65-year-old said: "I am incredibly humbled to receive this award from the town of my birth."

He received his award at a ceremony at Douglas Town Hall on Friday.

Council leader David Christian said it was a "unanimous decision" to award the honour.

Mr Christian said: "He is the very epitome of service to the community."

Mr Karran was awarded the MBE in 2008 for services to sport and the disabled. He was a driving force behind the development of the Isle of Man's National Sports Centre and served as chairman of the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games organising committee.

He has worked to develop sporting facilities on the island for both disabled and elite athletes.

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