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Ancient Isle of Man ceremony available live on BBC website

An ancient ceremony is to be broadcast live on the BBC website for the first time.

On Monday 6 July, the annual Tynwald Day ceremony on the Isle of Man is to be streamed live on bbc.co.uk/isleofman.

Every year, hundreds of people gather on Tynwald Hill to be part of the open air parliament.

The Viking ceremony is designed to give the Manx people a say in how the island is run. New laws are proclaimed and members of the public who have exhausted channels of appeal present their grievances to parliament.

Paul Moulton, one of the BBC's journalists based on the Isle of Man, said: "The ceremony will be available to a worldwide audience for the first time.

"Isle of Man ex-pats around the world will be able to hear the petitions from local people as they campaign to get laws changed."

The Tynwald parliament is thought to be the oldest continuous parliament in the world.

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