As announced this morning, Isle of Man-based Ettyl Limited has signed agreements for its acquisition of Stobart Air and Carlisle Lake District Airport. 

Jason Scales, Chief Executive Officer, Ettyl said: ‘We are delighted to have signed agreements for these acquisitions. In the immediate term it will be very much business as usual in respect of both Stobart Air and Carlisle Lake District Airport’s operations and our deal ensures that the great teams within those businesses are retained. We will be making further announcements over the coming weeks and months regarding our plans. Ettyl sees significant opportunities for increased regional connectivity as economies recover from the impacts caused by the pandemic and return to stability across the UK and Ireland.’

Welcoming the news, Michael Josem of the Manx TaxPayers Alliance said: ‘This is a great deal for Manx taxpayers, because it has not cost taxpayers a penny. This offers more local jobs, more local air connections, all at no cost to taxpayers.’

Mr Josem also called on the gov to remove Aircraft Passenger Duty to help lower the cost of traveling in the post pandemic world.

MNH Reopens

Manx National Heritage, the charity responsible for the care and promotion of the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage, is pleased to announce the phased re-opening of its heritage sites for the next few months.

  • The House of Manannan will partially re-open on Wednesday 21 April with access to the shop and cafe.  It will fully reopen from Saturday 24th April daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  •  From Saturday 24 April the Manx Museum will open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.   
  • Castle Rushen and Rushen Abbey will follow, re-opening from Saturday 1 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Castle Rushen will open five days a week from Thursday to Monday and Rushen Abbey three days a week from Saturday to Monday.   

All other MNH sites will open for special events, weekly guided tours and pre-booked group visits until the island’s border restrictions are lifted. 

Parish Walk Fanzone

With preparations for this year’s Manx Telecom Parish Walk continuing apace, organisers have announced the creation of a Fanzone at Knockaloe Farm in Patrick.

The Fanzone is being created by Peter Young of Event Management Solutions and will also feature a number of food and drink outlets to create a party atmosphere with the charity Victim Support providing an attraction for children.

Organisers have also announced that, due to the high numbers of people participating, there will be some amendments to the road closure orders to prevent congestion and keep walkers safe. In particular the road from the Round Table to Dalby will be closed to vehicular traffic between 12.30 and 5pm. There will also be some minor amendments to road closures in the north of the island with one-way systems being put in place to help with the safety of walkers in the evening.

The event itself takes place on Saturday June 19, starting as usual at 8am from the NSC in Douglas and following the traditional 85-mile course around the island. 

The 14 Stand Firm

The 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the new European Super League have joined fans groups in fiercely rejecting plans for the breakaway competition. 

A statement said: ‘The Premier League, alongside The FA, met with clubs today to discuss the immediate implications of the Super League proposal. The 14 clubs at the meeting unanimously and vigorously rejected the plans for the competition. The Premier League is considering all actions available to prevent it from progressing, as well as holding those Shareholders involved to account under its rules.

‘The League will continue to work with key stakeholders including fan groups, Government, UEFA, The FA, EFL, PFA and LMA to protect the best interests of the game and call on those clubs involved in the proposed competition to cease their involvement immediately. The Premier League would like to thank supporters and all stakeholders for the support they have shown this week on this significant issue. The reaction proves just how much our open pyramid and football community means to people.’

UK Sets New Climate Target

The UK gov has announced it intends to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the UK government has announced. If this is to be achieved, it will require more electric cars, low-carbon heating, renewable electricity and, for many, cutting down on meat and dairy. For the first time, climate law will also be extended to cover international aviation and shipping.

Welby Orders End to NDAs

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the Church of England should not use non-disclosure agreements, after BBC Panorama revealed they were being used to silence staff complaining of racism. Justin Welby said he had not been aware confidentiality agreements were being used to stop people speaking publicly. He told Times Radio the documentary was ‘rightly shaming’. 


A court has heard that two South Yorkshire Police officers altered statements to ‘mask’ the force’s failings after the Hillsborough disaster. Ninety-six Liverpool football fans died as a result of the tragedy at an FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989. Retired Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, 83, retired Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster, 74, and former solicitor Peter Metcalf, 71, deny perverting the course of justice. The court in Salford heard several police accounts were ‘amended’ following the disaster.

Line of Duty

Not a major news story but just something that caught my eye. Consolidated figures for the first episode of this series of BBC’s Line of Duty show that it was watched by a staggering 15,201,746 viewers. Overnight figures for episode five this last weekend showed more than 10m people watched it live on Sunday night. There’s only one thing fans of the show are interested in and that’s more series. 

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