A GROUP of 24 visitors from the heritage society and community council of Bagillt, a small town in Flintshire in North Wales, visited the island at the weekend to make a presentation to Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust.
They had made the journey to see the Snaefell Wheel in Laxey Glen Gardens, also known as Lady Evelyn, which was built in Baglit in 1865.
The group presented a plaque to both Laxey Commissioners and Heritage Trust members, as well as a large hand-painted picture of their town.
Like Laxey, Bagillt used to be a mining area and was home to the Snaefell’s identical sister wheel.
The visitors were treated to a special sight-seeing tram ride on Friday evening, and also visited Snaefell and the Laxey Wheel and enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Working Men’s Institute.
The 50-foot diameter wheel returned to Laxey from the UK in 2006, nearly 100 years after the end of its working life.