Peel Day entertainment has been announced with a wide range of stunt shows and a viking festival amongst the attractions.
There will be a £4 charge for access to the entertainment on Mad Sunday between the Empire Garage and old swimming pool on Peel Promenade which includes Steve Colley’s Trials Stunt Show, Terry Grant’s Legends Car, French stunt ball team, Infernal Varanne and Jamie Squibb’s Jumps and Stunts.
A Family Fun Day and Viking Festival will be held from 2pm to 11pm on the beach and be free.
Peel Commissioner Ian Davison, who is responsible for recreation, said of the controversial charge: ‘After regular meetings with the government we have been told we will have no funding for next year 2015, as deeper budget cuts take place, no funding means no show.
‘We have two choices, call it a day after this year, or charge for the event and make it self funding, its as simple as that, unfortunately nothing is free anymore not even using the toilet.
‘The £4, which is just over the cost of a pint of beer, will give full entry to six hours of top stunt show acts which would cost £30 per person to attend in the UK.
‘It will be split as follows; £3 will go to put on next year’s Peel Day and Viking Festival, and £1 will be split between two charities that are providing 20 volunteer marshals for the day.’
There will be two pay points to get into the event and the charge for adults is £4 with accompanied children free.
Other attractions which will be in the ‘pay’ area are vintage bikes, bikini bike wash, meet the riders, Manx minis, stalls and Segway Tours.
The free area is the whole length of the rest of Peel promenade and will include all the children’s entertainment area which is a closed roads section from the Peel Harbour Masters office to the Peel sailing club which includes the quay tongue.