Port St Mary town hall gets its first clocks
FOR the first time in its 114-year life, the town hall in Port St Mary has clocks!
Last week, three clocks donated to the village by former resident Henry Goldsmith were erected on the building’s three visible faces.
Mr Goldsmith donated the clocks to ‘thank the people of the Isle of Man and Port St Mary in particular, who have been very good to me over the years’.
The clocks are part of the grand re-opening of the building’s main auditorium, which was closed in 2003 when plaster fell from the ceiling. Given the design of the clocks is redolent of those used in the 1980s film Back to the Future, the film sets the theme for the celebratory opening to be held shortly.
The celebration will include a special guest appearance by a vehicle from the 1950s and other vehicles from the decades since the town hall was built. The late afternoon celebrations are aimed at children, who are too young to remember it being open. In the early evening, there will be a firework display on Chapel Beach. After the display, the adults get their turn with a ceilidh, music is by the Kipper Ceilidh Band, and there is a hot pot supper; tickets, at £5, are available from the commissioners’ office, phone 832101.
Clerk Jason Roberts has trawled through old minutes and there will be a display of highlights from the past. They include details of the first public performance in 1974 by Andy Gibb (the less famous Gibb brother) and photographs of the Queen Mother, who visited the port in 1945. At the first public meeting in 1899 there was also a discussion about the as yet unbuilt lower promenade sea wall.
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