Bureaucracy to blame for no continental markets this summer

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The continental markets will probably not take place this summer said organisers because of too much bureaucracy in the island.

The markets were to be held in Castletown, from August 16 to 18, the Deep South Festival, on August 23 and 24 and in Ramsey.

At last Monday’s Castletown Commissioners meeting, Kevin Weir said they have been cancelled.

‘We are bitterly disappointed. This would have been the first time it would have taken place outside Douglas,’ he said.

Deep South Festival organiser Chris Carr echoed the disappointment, he said: ‘We have been talking for six months, he (the market organiser) blamed too much bureaucracy and red tape in the Isle of Man. It’s a massive blow, especially for Castletown. A decision is not definite until Monday. We do have a contingency plan. We are trying our utmost but do not hold your breath, if we do [organise a market] it’s an absolute bonus, but to have eight to 10 weeks’ preparation is hard. If we can, we will.’

Festival acts firmed up are Simon Townsend (brother of Pete) on Saturday night and Jacqui Carrol from RTE in Dublin on Sunday. Tickets, at £10 for a family (up to six people), £5 for an individual and £3 for concessions, are available from Friday at Patchwork, Port St Mary; Thompson Travel, Port Erin; Celtic Gold, Peel; The Deli, Castletown and the Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal, Douglas.

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