Vintage photos show glimpse into Edwardian island

Sightseers travel by horse and carriage

Sightseers travel by horse and carriage

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‘The Grand Tour – A Vintage Photographic Tour of Ellan Vannin’ is the title of an exhibition currently showing at Ramsey Town Hall.

It features hundreds of images of every town and many of the villages of the Isle of Man through the years.

For Les Clarke, Michael Starkey and Richard Radcliffe, who have curated several previous exhibitions, this is their most ambitious yet.

‘A lot of people have contributed to it,’ said Les. ‘It has involved many hours scanning thousands of images and selecting the best.

‘Most are from the Edwardian era, some by well known photographers, others are from private collections.

‘Our hope is that people will come from all over to see it’.

The exhibition, which opened to coincide with National Week today (Tuesday) and runs until July 25, is sponsored by advocates Cains, Gordon Bell.

Admission is free.

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