Tears in My Eyes

A sad day for Onchan residents as butcher Harding’s Quality Meats has announced the shop has closed for good.

In a post on Facebook, owners Steve and Claire said: ‘It is with tears in my eyes and a broken heart that I have to announce that as of Saturday 30th April the shop has ceased trading.

‘The last 12 months has been very difficult for everybody including myself and with the current increases across all areas we have had to make a decision. It was a very hard one to make but we feel it had to be made. I wish to thank everybody that has supported us over the last six years It has been a amazing we have met some amazing people and made amazing friends hope to see you all around the village will miss you all.’

Castle Footpath

A popular spot for those who love spending an evening in Peel watching the sunset, the footpath around Peel Castle will be close for a few days while Manx National Heritage carry out some work. In a post, MNG said the footpath will close from 9am today until 5pm on Friday to ‘enable essential conservation work’. This work includes moving the protective scaffolding to enable high level masonry repairs to take place to the early 14th century Causeway Tower.

The Castle itself remains open from 11am to 3pm daily.

Outward Tide

Staying in Peel, Manx Utilities has announced it has tinkered with some controls (what do you want, I’m not a plumber) which means that the sewage deposited in Peel bay will now only be discharged as the tide is on the way out, weather permitting.

The MUA said: ‘This change was implemented on the 1st May and should reduce the impact of the sewage discharge on bathing water quality during dry weather.’

Meanwhile, it has also said that: ‘Work continues in earnest to gain the necessary approvals to allow the preferred schemes in both Peel and Garff to progress as a matter of urgency.’

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch

Here’s a quick update from the charity about its opening hours:

BTW, keep an eye out for an update on Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch and Basking Sharks…