A VICTORIAN extravaganza is to be staged over the first weekend in July to celebrate the official opening of the Snaefell Summit Restaurant.
The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure invested £230,000 in a complete refurbishment of the building. Despite hold-ups caused by the poor weather, towards the end of last year, improvements started on December 29, they included re-roofing the building, fitting new windows and doors, re-decorating and installing new toilets, washroom and a new commercial kitchen.
The restaurant has also been fully installed with installation of underfloor heating, that is run on air source heat pump.
David Cretney MHK, Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, will depart on the 11.15am tram from Laxey Station on Saturday, July 2, he will be accompanied by ‘Queen Victoria’and her private secretary, to perform the official re-opening of the Summit Restaurant as part of the Victorian festivities.
The Minister, said: ‘The Summit building has been given a new lease of life, bringing it up to modern standards that will ensure its place as a prime tourist attraction for many years to come. It makes a wonderful venue for the special Sunset Dinners and Pie in the Sky evenings staged by the Heritage Railways, as well as providing cafe meals and Sunday lunches.’
The department is also half way through a £3million track replacement scheme on the five mile long Snaefell Mountain Railway.
‘My Department has also invested £1.5million in track replacement on the Snaefell Mountain Railway demonstrating our commitment to its future,’ Mr Cretney said. ‘I will be seeking approval at the July sitting of Tynwald for additional funding and hope to secure a further £1.5million to complete the track renewal next winter.’
Laxey Station will be the focal point of the event, with red coat soldiers on parade red coat soldiers, a Victorian photographer, Punch and Judy shows and balloon modelling (from 1.30pm to 2pm) and displays of vintage vehicles.
Other attractions will include the travelling museum of curiosities and wonderment.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, at 3.15pm a Victorian costume competition will be held for children and adults.
Anyone dressed in Victorian costume will be given half price travel on the trams.
The event extends to Ramsey with a vintage double decker bus providing shuttle runs between Ramsey tram station and the Grove, Milntown House and the Transport Museum at Jurby.
Onward bus travel is free with a valid tram ticket.