THE organisers and helpers of the Bride TT Teas are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the facility.
They pride themselves on providing a warm welcome with good food at Bride Church hall, on the Point of Ayre road.
As the slogan says: ‘You haven’t TT’d til you’ve TT Tea’d.’
Pam Kinrade, who was one of the original helpers, explained: ‘It was way back in June 1993 that the then rector’s wife of Bride, Mrs Elizabeth Sheen, along with Mrs Daphne Faithorne, came up with the idea of serving teas in the church hall during TT week.
‘The tea rooms were closed and visitors and bikers were stopping, asking where they could get refreshments.
‘This put the idea, to open the hall up and make light refreshments, into being.’
She added: ‘Little did they think at that time that 20 years later they would still be going strong.
‘Since then TT Teas have become world famous, visitors coming back year after year from all over the world.’
Manx produce is used throughout the items on offer, and Pam thanked Isle of Man Creamery and Krafty Keepsakes for their sponsorship this year.
On offer are freshly made sandwiches, home-made cakes, scones and toasties, with the lemon meringue pie being the biggest hit with customers.
Pam said: ‘Despite numerous new outlets being opened up over the years the famous, original TT Teas still go from strength to strength.’
In fact, they are proving so popular that they are currently considering requests from bikers for them to be open during the Manx Grand Prix in August.
Pam said: ‘We are considering it at the moment. But they wouldn’t be on such a wide scale.
‘We are thinking we will do it for a few days, due to popular demand!’
She said she hoped that this year’s TT Festival would be remembered as a special time.
On sale is a special souvenir tea towel, which she said could be taken home to remind visitors of the friendly hospitality they had received.
So far, sales of the tea towel have been going ‘very well’, she said.
Pam said that there are a number of helpers who were there 20 years ago when the venture was first started, but over the years new friends have offered help too.
‘Our good friends Bride Methodists and members of numerous other churches in the north help throughout the week,’ she said.
‘Anyone who would like to help is most welcome to come along.’
When asked how Bride TT Teas had changed over the years, Pam said: ‘Food hygiene has changed quite a lot.
‘We have updated the kitchen over the years.
‘But we still just give out what we started off with. We haven’t gone in for cooked food at all.’
TT Teas will be served in Bride until Saturday (June 9).
Proceeds go towards church funds.
The opening hours are midday to 5pm.