Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Prince praises Commonwealth Youth Games volunteers

Volunteer from the Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man 2011
Image caption Volunteers from across the Isle of Man have been praised for ensuring the success of the Games

The hundreds of volunteers at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011 have been given royal praise for their "tireless and smiling" contribution.

The Earl of Wessex paid tribute to the 600-strong team in his speech at the opening ceremony in the Isle of Man.

Organisers said the volunteers, who have been nicknamed the Orange Army, have helped make the Games a success.

They have filled positions such as team liaison workers, media relations staff, medal carriers and ball boys and girls.

Chairman of the organising committee Geoff Karran said: "I'm so proud of the people of the IOM who've rallied round so magnificently.

"We set out to create a friendly atmosphere and the Orange Army has certainly delivered that."

Volunteer recruitment started in the Isle of Man over 18 months ago.

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