Commissioners list ideas on how to get people to visit Castletown

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From worm charming to outdoor film screenings, the authority in Castletown discussed various events that could be held in town.

The brain storming session followed commissioner Jimmy Cubbon’s suggestion, at their last meeting, that members come up with five ideas to attract people to town.

Colin Leather said their ambition is ‘to make as much use of this damned square (which has just been pedestrianised in a regeneration scheme) as we possibly can.’

James Barrow said they could hold ‘a family friendly Disney night,’ revive the markets, have a town crier, and hold a worm charming competition. David Parnell suggested a battle of the bands, a kermesse cycle race and an inter-school playground games. They could hold a teddy bears’ picnic in Poulsom Park, said Carol Quine, organise a 10k run round town, have movies under the stars and a sky at night event. Mr Cubbon said he would like there to be events during the Southern 100 races. Other suggestions were an enduro-style race over the rocks on the beach, a cycle festival and chalk art.

Chairman Richard Macaleer suggested open air theatre, a junior tin bath festival and an open bay swim.

Mr Parnell said: ‘The message is (to anyone approaching the authority about an event) assume we will say yes not no.’

‘We have the staff and can help with amenities,’ said Mr Leather.

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