Street performers urged to pitch up for TT 2012
Performers - from jugglers to magicians, bands to poets - are wanted to help add to the carnival atmosphere in Douglas town centre during this year’s TT festival.
Douglas Development Partnership, the body that licenses street performers on behalf of Douglas Borough Council, is urging artists to come forward as soon as possible to book their pitch for the coveted TT period. Town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘In recent years we’ve seen how artists performing in the centre of town bring a sense of theatre to the main shopping thoroughfare. TT, along with Christmas, creates a huge demand for performance slots and we’re willing to consider any kind of acts, be they solo artists, the massed voices of choirs, “living statues” or show-stopping zombies. Whether you’re a first timer or an accomplished performer, we’d like to hear from you. In short, we want artists to look upon the town centre as their very own performance space.’
Next stage of town centre regeneration scheme to begin
The next stage of Douglas town centre regeneration is to begin after the Chief Minister’s steering committee gave approval for work to start on the lower section of Nelson Street to link the newly revitalised areas of upper Nelson Street and Wellington Street.
The project, which is to begin on Sunday April 29, will see the laying of new granite paving identical to that used for the earlier schemes, together with improvements to Nelson Street at its junctions with Market Street and Prospect Hill. The project will take approximately 14 weeks to complete, including a two-week break for TT.
While works are being carried out the downhill carriageway on Prospect Hill between Athol Street and Victoria Street will be closed to traffic from April 29 to May 25 and a one-way uphill system introduced. Affected bus routes will be diverted via Athol Street and Ridgeway Street.
Walk out to Conister Rock proves towering success
More than 2000 people took part in a walk out to Conister Rock and the Tower of Refuge on Easter Saturday, April 7, organised by Douglas Development Partnership and sponsored by Tower Insurance.
Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson explained: ‘The event was a great success with the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas together with whole families – many bringing their dogs along as well – taking part. Clearly there’s a real fascination with this most recognisable of Douglas landmarks which has such strong links with the RNLI through Sir William Hillary who originally proposed the building of a sanctuary on Conister Rock for shipwrecked crews and passengers.’
Easter Saturday sees town centre ‘choc-full’
Douglas town centre was ‘choc-full’ of children on Easter Saturday tracking down clues in a treasure hunt that would earn them a chocolate bunny and a face-painting session.
The event had been organised by Douglas Development Partnership in association with Davisons. An entry form led children to shops in the town centre displaying a clue in the window. Each clue was a letter and when all the letters were found they spelt ‘EASTER BUNNY’. Children then took their completed form to Tower House to claim their chocolate prize, join an Easter craft workshop and have their face painted.
Douglas goes the extra mile for Sport Relief
253 people turned out on Douglas promenade on Sunday March 25th to enter the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile where milers of all ages were sponsored to complete one, three or six miles.
The day was a great success with the His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Ritchie McNicholl, acting as official starter for each event that saw friends, families and work colleagues joining together to go the extra mile for Sport Relief 2012, some dressed for serious competition, others as witches and superheroes…not to mention the odd canine.
Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘It was a fantastic day. Watching people come together to support such a great cause was brilliant and it showed what a great setting the promenade is for large-scale outdoor events. The Douglas Sport Relief Mile also provided an opportunity to promote healthy living and in this we’re grateful for the support of Up & Running who were on hand offer valuable fitness advice.’