Laa Columb Killey keeps up annual tradition despite rain

Festival princess Jasmine Hextall with attendants Esther Leece, left, and Isobel Knop, with opener Gill Smith

Festival princess Jasmine Hextall with attendants Esther Leece, left, and Isobel Knop, with opener Gill Smith

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Rain failed to stop a large crowd from attending the island’s longest running parish fair, Laa Columb Killey.

The event on Thursday last week saw an adventurers and explorers themed procession make its way to the fair field at Ballabeg, led by Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band.

The children's fancy dress competition

The children's fancy dress competition

Princess Jasmine Hextall, aged 12, arrived at the fair by horse-drawn carriage before being crowned.

She was attended by Isobel Knopp, 12, and Esther Leece, 11.

The fair was opened by Gill Smith, after which there was a display of country dancing by Arbory School pupils.

Classes were held for vegetables, flowers, handicraft and confectionery.

And there was also a range of sports events for children and adults.

A ceilidh with the Tarroo Marroo Ceili Band the following evening closed the fair.

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