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WE ARE NOT AMUSED: Queen Victoria and a friend in Laxey

WE ARE NOT AMUSED: Queen Victoria and a friend in Laxey

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ON Saturday hundreds of people, many in Victorian costume, visited the highest point of the Isle of Man to witness the official reopening of the Snaefell Summit Hotel.

The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure has invested £300,000 in a complete refurbishment of the Snaefell Summit facilities.

A Victorian extravaganza was staged over the weekend to celebrate the official reopening of the facilities.

Laxey Station was the focal point of the celebrations with Red Coat soldiers on parade, a Victorian photographer, Punch and Judy shows from plus displays of vintage vehicles and fair rides, plus a Museum of Curiosities and Wonderment.

There was a Victorian costume competition for adults and children and anyone entering into the festivities by dressing appropriately was given half price travel on the trams.

The extravaganza extended to Ramsey with a vintage double decker bus providing shuttle runs between Ramsey station and the Grove, Milntown House and Jurby Transport Museum.

Leisure Minister David Cretney MHK said: ‘In the 2010 season we are delighted to confirm our traffic figures (on the railways) were up 15 per cent to more than 41,300. This year with our opening at Easter we are already a staggering 5,000 passengers ahead of this time last year.’

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