The Isle of Man TT Marshals’ Association will be staging a recruitment drive on board Manannan in the run-up to the Festival of Motorcycling, which gets under way on August 17 and incorporates five events, including the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix.
IOMTTMA representatives will travel on several sailings, starting with the 7,15pm Liverpool-Douglas service on Wednesday, August 14, to help raise awareness of the work undertaken by the association and to try to attract more volunteers.
Terry Holmes, chairman of the IOMTTMA, said: ‘Finding sufficient numbers to marshal the first few practice sessions can be problematic, so this recruitment drive is aimed at those arriving early for the racing.
‘You don’t have to agree to marshal every session, and any newcomers will be placed with experienced marshals so that their knowledge can be passed on.
‘By taking this initiative we hope to increase the numbers on our books which will help to achieve and exceed the minimum manning numbers we require for each practice and race session.
‘We receive support in a number of ways throughout the year from the Steam Packet and its help in allowing us free travel at such a busy time is very much appreciated.’
Steam Packet chief executive Mark Woodward said: ‘Events such as the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix cannot happen without a whole host of volunteers around the circuit. When the Marshals’ Association approached us with this idea we were only too happy to help. Hopefully it will lead to greater numbers signing up to marshal at this and future events.’
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