Road Closure

Part of one of the capital’s main road will be closed for the next two evenings starting tonight. Victoria Street will close from its junction with Fort Street (opposite Freshly and down past Unite’s HQ) and its junction with Loch Prom. The closure will be between 7pm-midnight on Monday and Tuesday. All traffic will be diverted down Fort Street onto Lord Street with access to the prom via the front of the Sea Terminal. And yes this is to allow for work related to the prom scheme.


Peel Lifeboat responded to a Coastguard request at about 10pm on Friday night to assist a becalmed yacht with engine failure. The sailboat had lost power in still conditions some five miles northwest of Peel. Under the command of volunteer coxswain Jon Corlett, the crew located the casualty sailboat and a crew member was put aboard to help establish a tow (pictured below). The volunteer crew also included mechanic Matthew Corlett, Jason Spooner, Chloe Spooner and Mike Faragher.

‘This is the type of incident we are well-trained for’, Jon Corlett explained. ‘We were able to use the new towing equipment and techniques the RNLI has introduced for the greater safety of crews and casualties.’ Jon added: ‘Another of our volunteers, James Smith, deserves a special mention as it was his first launch and recovery for a shout since qualifying as a tractor driver.’ After safely recovering the sailboat, the Mary Margaret returned to the station and was again ready for service by 1.15am.

Political Surgery

Rushen’s new MHK Dr Michelle Haywood has announced that her first political surgery will be held next month on Thursday November 4 from 10am to 12pm at Port St Mary Golf Pavilion.

Fashion Drawing

Alongside the normal viewing hours for the “Ellyn” exhibition, the Isle of Man Arts Council has been running an educational programme for the duration. Since opening to the public in September , the Arts Council have welcomed four professional and highly experienced artists to the exhibition during its first two weeks to speak to students studying in the arts.

“Manannan’s Cloak” by Molly Wade. Photography is by TA Design

During “Ellyn”’s first week, students from University College Isle of Man on the Foundation course and National Diploma stopped by for a visit and were joined by artists Ian Coulson, Graham Hall and Michael Sandle RA to give a talk and answer questions for the class. Artists Ian Coulson, Graham Hall and Stephanie Quayle returned for a second session this time for students from Queen Elizabeth II High School in the exhibition’s second week. As well as these artists’ visits, UCM made a return during the second week this time for a fashion drawing session. Designed by Molly Kathryn, the artist behind “Manannan’s Cloak” and only garment in the exhibition, was the focus of this visit with life drawing model Maria Crutchley (Instagram: @whatifwefly_model). Maria, who features in the “Ellyn” book modelling the dress, returned to the Villa Marina Arcade once more to pose in various stances in the gallery for the students to take observational drawings from. The results of their work can be view in the exhibition right now and are on display next to Molly Wade’s “Manannan’s Cloak”.

Sir David Amess

The man arrested by police following the killing of the MP Sir David Amess has been named as Ali Harbi Ali. The 25-year-old is being held under the Terrorism Act and officers have until Friday to question him. Meanwhile colleagues of Sir David have suggested it is only right that cause great to his heart, to have Southend recognised as a city, should be finalised as a tribute to him. Conservative councillor for Southend Borough Council James Courtenay said: ‘I think it would be a very fitting tribute to Sir David, particularly as it was something he had campaigned for, for a long time.’

Tea for Two

The mystery of a seemingly abandoned afternoon tea in a remote Lake District wood has been solved. A company which stages romantic occasions said it set up the event on Monday to celebrate a birthday for a couple who were on holiday in the area.  It had been thought the leftovers, found above Blea Tarn, had been discarded by thoughtless picnickers. However, Charlotte Manning from company DateMate said the food, table and chairs were cleared away in four hours. Ms Manning said the event was organised by a couple from Staffordshire who were spending a week’s holiday in the Lake District.

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