Young people honoured by North American Manx Association

Outstanding contribution to the Manx community by Peel and St Johns Youth Clubs

Both clubs are highly popular, often serving young people who tend to be less engaged and come from more difficult backgrounds. Members of the club have worked hard on community initiatives such as fundraising for Finley’s Footsteps Fund, singing for members of the Manx Blind Welfare Society, and delivering Christmas food hampers

 

In all, nine young people who have made a significant contribution to Manx culture and the community have been honoured by the North American Manx Association (NAMA).

 

The annual awards ceremony – which recognises those who have excelled in the fields of Manx music, culture, the arts and crafts, and involvement with the Island’s community – was held today at Legislative Buildings in Douglas.

 

As in previous years, the judging panel had a difficult task in deciding the winners, given the considerable talents and achievements of those nominated.

 

The judging panel comprised Professor Ronald Barr, Frances Hampton, and Shelley Moffitt of theDepartment of Education, Sport and Culture, Aimee Corlett from the World Manx Association, and Anne Minay a life member of NAMA.

 

Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, Graham Cregeen MHK, who hosted the awards ceremony, congratulated the winners on their success: “The Isle of Man has a rich culture, weaving the fabric of our nation, and as a community we are rightly proud.

 

“The contribution of our young people is vital, not only to ensuring that our traditions continue, but that they evolve and embrace developments in art, craft, language, and music.

 

“The awards are important and recognise real, emerging talent – we need only look at one of last year’s NAMA winners, Mera Royle, who went on to win the BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award in April.”