Norfolk Island has recognised Tynwald Day by flying the Isle of Man flag at the territory’s tourist bureau in Kingston.
A tradition since a cultural agreement was established between the two islands in 2011, Tynwald reciprocated by flying the Norfolk Island flag outside the Legislative Buildings on June 8th, Norfolk Island’s Anniversary Day, which celebrates the arrival in 1856 of the Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the Bounty mutineers led by Fletcher Christian.
The cultural agreement, to which the signatories on July 5th 2011 were former President of Tynwald Noel Cringle OBE and the then Speaker of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly Robin Adams JP, acknowledges the early history the islands share and seeks to encourage links in the fields of heritage, culture, research, education and media relations.
In May this year the Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was dissolved, the island’s self-government removed and passed to the Australian Parliament. Notwithstanding the territory’s loss of autonomy, the traditional role of flying the Isle of Man flag on Tynwald Day by the Speaker was upheld and fell to the Chairman of the Council of Elders, Mr Albert Buffett, who also wrote to the President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, to extend best wishes for the Tynwald Day celebrations.
For further information:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: (01624) 685500