A torchlit procession, led by the Vikings of Mann, has kicked off the 2014 Year of Culture celebrations in Peel.
The procession began at Mill Yard carrying a flaming torch and went along the quayside to Peel Beach.
Chairman of Peel Town Commissioners, Ray Harmer, was handed the torch to light a beacon on the beach.
There was then a short firework display.
Mr Harmer said: ‘It was a fantastic start to the Year of Culture.
‘Thanks to John Shakespeare and Ian Davison.
‘There was a fantastic turnout even with the weather so bad.’