VISITORS to Douglas town centre on Saturday were in for a real fright.
The streets were taken over by people wearing a range of scary outfits, from ghouls to vampires, and culminated with Ginny the Witch being sentenced to drown in Douglas harbour – only to escape at the last minute.
It was part of the first Douglas Fright Fest, which was organised by Douglas Development Partnership and sponsored by Celton Manx.
Douglas Council leader David Christian said: ‘It was another very successful event organised by Douglas Development Partnership.
‘This type of event is helping to culturally regenerate the town centre at the same time as we are physically regenerating it.’
The Jurassic Experience, a life-sized animatronic dinosaur, started proceedings in Regent Street at 3pm.
There were also creepy crafts, turnip carving, face painting and street performers as well as a competition for the scariest local business.
Two hours later there was a call for all goblins, ghouls and creatures of the night to creep over to Castle Street for the lantern-lit fancy dress parade which led to North Quay.
The finale took place there and saw Ginny the Witch face a live trial.
There was also live music, street theatre, children’s attractions, ghost walks, a fire show and the judging of the best fancy dress.
Mr Christian added that there was a whole range of events scheduled to take place in the main shopping area and Douglas promenades.
‘We have all accepted regenerating Douglas and spending money on it is one thing. But unless people want to come in and use the town centre what is the point in doing it?’
Anyone with ideas of what they would like to see in the town centre is asked to contact Douglas Corporation.
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