Cowboy Builders

People are urged not to employ traders who illegally cold call them and tout for work after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) reported an influx of cowboy builder reports. The OFT is urging property owners to be on their guard and look out for vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours who could fall foul of such unscrupulous traders.

Cold calling is a favoured technique of cowboy builders, but this is illegal on the Island, so anyone doing so should be reported to the OFT immediately. People using this approach can be persuasive and offer appealing work that is cheap, quick and often not needed. However, this is often achieved using poor quality materials and leads to sub-standard work which is not guaranteed.

Anyone who was already agreed to work as a result of a cold call is encouraged to contact the OFT as the law may allow this type of contract to be cancelled. Anyone who is concerned they have already fallen foul should contact the OFT on 686520 or emailing

Free Fun Days

Douglas Town Centre Management has arranged for five free days of fun in Villiers Square for half-term.

Starting on Tuesday 22nd February, Five Days of Fun begins. There will be rides and attractions to keep the kids entertained, all for free. The fair will be open daily from 11am to 4pm starting on Tuesday 22 and running until Saturday February 26.

Grand National

The world’s biggest horse race may be just under two months away, but we already have a good idea of which Manx horses will be taking part in the distinctive yellow and green of Sir Trevor Hemmings.

Since the death of Sir Trevor last year his stables have continued to enter horses at the executors of his estate. Three of these horses have been named in the early entries for the National including last year’s favourite Cloth Cap. The 10-year-old is joined by Deise Aba and Cloud Glen. Sir Trevor was a three time winner at the National in 2005 with Hedgehunter, in 2011 with Ballabriggs and in 2015 with Many Clouds.

This year’s Grand National is on Saturday, April 9.

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