Sponsor confirmed for Tower of Refuge walk
The 2013 Tower of Refuge walk is to be sponsored by Tower Insurance for the second year in succession, event organiser Douglas Development Partnership has confirmed.
The event, which last year saw more than 2000 people join the escorted walk out to Conister Rock, will take place on Friday April 26th and is set to be ‘bigger and better’, said development manager Chris Pycroft.
‘Last year’s walk was a runaway success and afterwards we were inundated with enquiries about when it would be held again. We are delighted therefore that Tower Insurance has generously agreed to be sponsor once again for what looks set to become one of the major events in the town’s social calendar. Tower’s support has not only helped make the walk a major community event but it also means that the charity which has such close connections with the Tower of Refuge, the RNLI, will benefit.’
Artisan markets head 2013 town centre events programme
A series of artisan markets showcasing Manx crafts and produce will signal the start of a programme of events in the town centre co-ordinated by Douglas Development Partnership.
The markets will take place in Douglas market hall on February 23-24 and March 2-3 and 9-10.
Organised by Event Management Solutions in association with the Partnership and Douglas Borough Council, the markets build on the success of last year’s European continental food and crafts fair. Development manager Chris Pycroft said: ‘Last year’s fairs attracted a good deal of public support and, in the main, twere well received by local businesses as they generated increased footfall in the town centre.
Manx Radio becomes DDP corporate member
Manx Radio is the latest local business to become a corporate member of Douglas Development Partnership.
The broadcaster swells the partnership’s corporate membership to 20.
Welcoming Manx Radio development manager Chris Pycroft said: ‘Manx Radio has been an ardent supporter of the partnership’s work, in particular in devoting airtime to promoting our town centre events. We are encouraged that yet another Manx business shares our vision to revitalise the heart of Douglas and we look forward to developing close links in the future. We are also heartened that more and more businesses are coming to realise the benefits of corporate membership and are keen to work with the partnership to improve the image of Douglas and restore a community focus to the town centre.’
Manx Radio’s business director John Marson (pictured above right) said: ‘Manx Radio is proud to be associated at the corporate level with Douglas Development Partnership and all of the initiatives they have brought to the town since their inception. 2012 was an exceptional year for the partnership and Manx Radio enjoyed being part of some of the innovative events put on in Douglas. We look forward to growing the success of these and other events in the future.’
‘Spoo-quay’ success for Fright Fest
A spectre called, a dinosaur stalked the highway and Jinny the Witch was put on trial: all part of what’s been hailed as a spectacular success – the Douglas Fright Fest.
Organised by Douglas Development Partnership and sponsored by Celton Manx the Hop tu Naa-themed event took place during the afternoon and evening of Saturday October 27th and attracted large crowds – many in suitably frightening fancy dress – to the town centre and North Quay to witness a spectral spectacular.
Development manager Chris Pycroft said: ‘You really had to be there as there were some moments bordering on the truly surreal. At one point there was a 9ft-tall Grim Reaper dancing to “Ghost Busters” played on an accordion by a suit-wearing horse. And, along with an outbreak of zombies and witches throughout the town, there was a touch of the “Sid Vicious” about the dinosaur as it stalked the Strand Centre knocking children – but not the Star Wars characters - over with his tail, and also close encounters with a strange large red ball floating over shoppers’ heads and pursued by equally strange Men in Red.
Regent Street to take centre stage
Regent Street, Douglas will be taking centre stage on Saturday December 8th when it’s set to echo to the sounds of Christmas.
A community stage is being set up there and local community groups, schools, youth organisations and brass bands are being invited to perform traditional Christmas music and carols.
Douglas town centre manager Gill Anderson said: ‘The stage was a big hit at this summer’s Festival of Youth and it’s making a welcome return on Saturday December 8th, although on this occasion we’re looking for the traditional sounds of Christmas in music and song to create a suitably festive atmosphere for shoppers. This is a one-day only event from around 10am to 5pm so people need to get in touch as soon as possible to book their free slot. The stage will be right in the heart of town so is quite literally the ideal platform from which to perform.’