A GIANT car boot sale has been dubbed a monster success – and is set to be repeated.
The event turned out to be a hugely popular despite initial fears that the weather might put people off.
More than 30 stalls were available on the day to help raise funds for the Peel Manx Heritage Transport Museum and the children’s hospice, Rebecca House.
The day, which was organised by museum curator Ian Sherman was such a success that there will be further car boots sales, starting in the next few weeks and running throughout summer.
Mr Sherman said: ‘The day went fantastically well. We did exceptionally well despite the bad weather in the afternoon. I had to phone around the night before and tell people the weather might not be good. It was great to have 30 stalls on the day.
‘We are looking forward to doing it on a regular basis. Even though we did not charge for the stalls we had some excellent voluntarily contributions.
‘Many garages were cleared out and I’ve had people asking me when the next car boot sale will be.’
The giant car boot sale was held at the House of Manannan overflow car park, near the top end of the marina.
Eighty per cent of the funds raised will go to the Manx Heritage Transport Museum and the remaining 20 per cent to Rebecca House.
The amount raised is not yet known.
‘People thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We chose to raise the money for Rebecca House because we wanted to show solidarity with other parts of the island. It has made everyone feel better by raising funds,’ said Mr Sherman.
The idea behind the regular fundraiser was described by him as not only a way to get people to enjoy Peel, but it would be a way to get more people into the museum and the House of Manannan. He said it is important that the public support the museum.
‘The museum is run purely on a voluntary basis,’ he explained.
‘It is important to keep this part of Manx heritage, particularly with the island being an engine-loving place. The museum needs more money, it’s pure and simple.
‘It just doesn’t get enough in donations to be able to carry out work if things go wrong.’
The event was suitable for all ages and included face painting and all sorts of things to make it a good family day out. Anyone interested in getting involved in any further car boot sales should contact Mr Sherman on 412537.