THE onset of early evening rain on Friday (June 24) scuppered plans for the 40th anniversary of Laxey Fair.
The timing could hardly have been worse, with children in Victorian costume making their way to the Rose Gardens for the start of the parade.
But a decision had to be taken and the young people were redirected to the Working Men’s Institute, where their performance was enjoyed by a packed audience, including the official opener, Dudley Butt MLC and his party. Onchan Silver Band and the Manx Folk Dance Society also entertained.
‘To have to cancel the fair was a huge disappointment for everyone, but it was just too wet to go ahead,’ said chairman of the organising committee, Garff MHK Steve Rodan. ‘But at least we managed to salvage something from it and a lot of people enjoyed the concert in the Institute.’
A good number of stallholders, entertainers and families turned out again the following afternoon (Saturday) when, typically, the Valley Gardens were bathed in warm summer sun.