Queenie Festival invites sponsors

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QUEENIE Festival organisers have invited expressions of interest from anyone willing to help out with this year’s event, due to run from June 29 to July 1, by sponsoring an individual element or lending a hand with its preparation and/or running.

This is the fifth year the festival has taken place and over the years it has grown to become a massive ‘celebration of the sea’.

During the three days of the festival, there is entertainment, marine activities, local heritage and some fantastic seafood on offer.

The event is a showcase of Manx produce, culture, wildlife and the island’s beautiful seascape.

A party on Port Erin beach, sponsored by Sure Mobile, will kick off the festival on Friday, June 29.

Then the festival moves to Port St Mary harbour and Chapel Bay for the weekend.

As well as old favourites such as the trawler race, there will be cookery demonstrations by chefs, the Manx mile swim in the bay and other sea-based activities, such as scuba diving.

‘The Queenie Festival has gone from strength to strength each year thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and all our volunteers,’ said festival organiser Tim Croft.

‘We’re now looking for people to help make sure that the 2012 event is our most successful yet.

‘As well as the feel-good factor of supporting your local community and marine conservation, you’re guaranteed to have a great time getting into the festival spirit and enjoying the many attractions and events taking place.’

He added: ‘The Queenie Festival is also welcoming enquiries from stallholders – especially artists, craftspeople and local producers – and any bands, musicians or entertainers who are interested in performing live during the festival.

‘It’s a great opportunity to play to a friendly crowd while supporting a 100 per cent local initiative.’

For more information about getting involved in the festival, contact Tim phone 834494 or email timcroft@islandseafare.co.uk

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