Alternative torch relay on Sunday

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AN alternative torch relay is being held this Sunday, beginning in Port St Mary 10.30am and finishing in Ramsey between 5.30 and 6pm.

The torch is being supplied by Henry de Silva, who was one of the Olympic torchbearers during its official relay last Saturday.

Many sports are being represented throughout the day, including badminton, rowing, pentathlon, archery, horse riding, tennis and cycling, while the methods of transport will feature the likes of a kayak, wheelchair, motorbike and sidecar.

Approximately 50 people are taking part, including cyclist Andrew Roche and race walking official Bridget Kaneen. Also taking part are social workers, policemen, firemen and teachers.

The torch will be travelling from the harbour master’s office in Port St Mary at 10.30am by relay to Port Erin.

It will then head to the following places: Foxdale, St John’s, Patrick, Peel (including Market Square, Heritage Museum, bus station and swimming pool), Kirk Michael, Ballaugh, Sulby, Jurby, Bride, Andreas, Ramsey (Clifton Drive, King’s Reach, Richmond Rd, Rheart Drive, Ormly Drive, Mooragh Park, Parliament Street, Market Square, quay) finishing at Ramsey town hall between 5.30-6pm.

The purpose of this relay is that many parts of the island were unable to witness last Saturday’s relay so be sure to turn out and cheer them on.

If any group or organisation wish to see the torch, contact Henry de Silva by phone on 880863 or by writing to Henry at 6 Little Meadow, Andreas, IM7 4HY.

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