While most of the attention was on the tug of war tournament on Sunday, Port St Mary’s RNLI also hosted a sandcastle competition.

The winning entry came from Constance and Edward Jones from Port St Mary primary school, who were then presented with a voucher from Davison’s Ice Cream by Lady Philippa Lorimer.

Tug of War

The tug of war competition itself saw Southern Nomads retain their title, winning for a second time in a row.

The event was opened at 2:30pm by The Hon Laurence Skelly MLC, President of Tynwald, and whilst the teams competed in the group stages the spectators enjoyed the variety of stalls, food and drinks on display on the lower promenade, and children took part in a treasure trail and sandcastle competition.

In addition to the tournament the crowd were kept informed of the day’s events by compère Chris Williams, and prior to the final taking place the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums gave a performance.

Southern Nomads road to victory was a hard fought one this year, and after topping their group stage, they went on to win against Swagelok in the semi-final, and then had to pull hard in the final against the volunteer RNLI crew of Port Erin Lifeboat, eventually going onto to beat them 2-0. The trophy was presented to Southern Nomads RUFC by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Lorimer.