Your views: Are you looking forward to TT?

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

Mark Emery, 27, Douglas

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT Mark Emery, 27, Douglas

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Practice week is now underway and thousands more motorcycling fans are set to visit the island to watch the world famous TT races.

But do residents enjoy the influx of visitors and the TT atmosphere?

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

Norma Earnshaw, 65, Onchan

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT Norma Earnshaw, 65, Onchan

iomtoday visited Strand Street to find out what six people have planned for TT week and whether they are looking forward to it.

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MILLIE BLENKINSOP-FRENCH, 72, DOUGLAS:

‘I look forward to TT, not only because we have a guesthouse on Bucks Road and we obviously get customers and trade but I just love the atmosphere it brings to the island.

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

Jack Daniel, 19, Douglas

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT Jack Daniel, 19, Douglas

‘The island comes alive, there’s all sorts of things going on - it’s lovely. I love all the entertainment on the prom, the funfair for the kids is great and all the motorbike shows they put on are amazing. I’m a people person so I love crowds and I just love to see the island alive with all these people.

‘Normally we have family and friends come over so we go out and celebrate TT with them but this year we haven’t so I haven’t really made any definite plans yet.

‘We can’t really go very far because we have guests to look after in the guesthouse but if the house is empty we can go to the prom and enjoy the TT ourselves. We have regular bikers that come every year and we love the bikers, we never have any trouble, they’re respectful and they’re fun to be around.’

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Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

Shirley Baldwin, 67, Onchan

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT Shirley Baldwin, 67, Onchan

JOHN KILGALLON, 36, ONCHAN:

‘I enjoy the atmosphere, going to the pub and Bushy’s and the fact it gives the Isle of Man quite a lot of tourism and trade as well. It’s the whole combination of things and I watch the races whenever I can. It’s the atmosphere mainly for me.

‘I used to be a marshal, I haven’t done it in years but I’m a life member so I can get back into it when I’m ready, I appreciate what the marshals do. I’ve got nothing particularly planned for TT at the moment, normally family-wise we go to the prom and see the entertainment.’

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Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

John Kilgallon, 36, Onchan

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT John Kilgallon, 36, Onchan

NORMA EARNSHAW, 65, ONCHAN:

‘I like the activity and the way everybody seems to enjoy themselves just being here, it’s like hallowed ground. They all come over and think “this is where is all happens!” Whether it does or not, I don’t know.

‘We’ve got visitors staying with the home stay and my daughter is coming over so that’ll be quite nice and we’ll be going to down to see the Red Arrows. I don’t like the fair, it’s not for anybody I don’t think. I don’t know any bikers or visitors, that we’ve had anyway, that actually go. I think it just wrecks the promenade basically, it’s a bit scruffy and it needs replacing but overall TT is quite an occasion, I think.’

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SHIRLEY BALDWIN, 67, ONCHAN:

‘I always look forward to TT. The island is alive, it’s full of people and it’s just fun. On sprint day, we usually go to Ramsey and have a picnic. I live by Signpost Corner so I usually listen to it on the radio and walk to the signpost for the last lap and clap them through.

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT

Millie Blenkinsop-French, 72, Douglas

Vox Pop on attitudes to the TT Millie Blenkinsop-French, 72, Douglas

‘I think it’s good for the island but I don’t know how much money it makes for the island. It’s subsidised quite heavily, and they seem to spend all of their money on making sure the course is in immaculate order. But I wish they would spend money on other roads as well, so that’s my only moan about it. But I love it.’

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JACK DANIEL, 19, DOUGLAS:

‘I’m looking forward to TT, as long as the weather comes with it. I like the atmosphere mostly, I’m not into the whole racing part but I like it when the fair and all the bikes come over so everyone gets out the house - it’s great. I’ll probably be working mostly over TT but I’ll also go to Bushy’s and get out round the island more, probably to Peel or Ramsey.

‘It brings more tourism, especially when it’s quite quiet here all year round, so TT and the Manx Grand Prix is when we mostly get tourists.

‘I used to live in Willaston so it used to be a pain to get out over the bridge but I don’t have any problems with the TT anymore.’

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MARK EMERY, 27, DOUGLAS:

‘TT should be really good, I’m looking forward to the experience and the visitors as well and the busyness of the local area. The atmosphere is vibrant with lots of fun, there’s lots to do and it’s always interesting to talk to people who come over. Senior Raceday is always good, there’s no work so I’ll be with my friends having a barbecue on the TT course soaking up the atmosphere and watching the TT.

‘There’s nothing I don’t really like about it, I think it’s good for the island and for the economy.

‘It’s good for the people and shows there’s different cultures out there and a lot of people that come to the island. I think it opens people’s eyes to all the things that are going on.’

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