May date for Picnic in the Park

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THIS year’s Picnic in the Park and Sports Day, in Castletown’s Poulsom Park, will be built on Sunday, May 13.

The free event is open to all and people should just bring a picnic and/or barbecue or enjoy the refreshments on offer.

There will be lots of attractions for children of all ages and they include the ever-popular Tootie the Tank Engine, taking children on rides around the park.

Refreshments will include fish and chips and other stalls along with a farmers’ market, car-boot stalls, bouncy castles, classic cars and much more. Entertainment will be provided by the Manx Jazz Aces.

The selection of this year’s Castletown Festival Queen will take place in the park on the day.

To enter, girls must permanently reside in Castletown or Derbyhaven and be aged between 12 and 18 years (inclusive); girls should turn up at the stage in the park from 2pm.

The winner will receive £100 and a travel voucher and must be available to attend the town’s festival (to be held on Saturday, August 4 from 11am), when there will be the crowning ceremony, and to lead the fancy dress parade at 6.45pm on festival day,

The Sports Day will be comprehensive and have 40 fun sports events for all ages, from girls aged four and under to races for men; programmes will be available free from shops in Castletown and on the day. The winner of each sports event will win a cash prize and a specially engraved winner’s medallion.

The popular Frog Frolic has also been organised by the Manx Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital.

The Grand Frog launch will take place in the Silverburn river at around 4.15pm. All proceeds from the Frog Frolic will go to help children in hospital. Prizes are £150, £100 and £75 for first, second and third place.

‘This is a great community fun afternoon for all families and has become an established annual family event,’ said organiser Tony Brown.

‘Everyone is most welcome, so come along.’

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