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Tynwald Day 2016: Thousands celebrate Manx national day

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Image caption At Tynwald Day 2016 there were 14 acts for promulgation including Freedom of Information Act 2015, the War Memorials Act 2016 and the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2015

Thousands of people have gathered in St John's to celebrate Tynwald Day - the Isle of Man's national day.

It is the only day of the year when parliament is held in the open air and the public gets the chance to lobby politicians by presenting petitions.

One of those petitions has called for a statue to be built in the memory of Emmeline Pankhurst's mother.

Sophia Craine, who was born in Laxey in 1833, was brought up in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.

A group called Friends of Sophia Goulden wants a statue to be erected in Laxey as a memorial.

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Media captionLynn Owen from Friends of Sophia Goulden handed over the petition to the government
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Image caption Sophia Goulden, born in Laxey on the east coast of the Isle of Man, went on to have nine children, one of whom was Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
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Image caption The Ministry of Justice manages the UK's constitutional relationship with its Crown Dependencies, including the Isle of Man

During Tynwald Day the Manx flag is flown from the UK Ministry of Justice headquarters in London.

Justice minister Lord Faulks, who has responsibility for the Crown Dependencies, said: "It gives me great pleasure to be able to make this gesture annually, so recognising the historic and important constitutional ties that exist between the UK and the Isle of Man."

Image caption The ancient Viking Tynwald ceremony has been held on the Isle of Man for more than 1,000 years - Tynwald is the oldest continuous parliamentary assembly in the world

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