Save Our Pool

A petition has been created calling for the protection of the Southern Community Pool. The pool, which has faced significant financial difficulties, is, alongside the island’s other swimming pools, under a review.

The petition, set up by Angela Katz, seeks to ensure that all generations can continue to use and enjoy the pool.

Amongst the comments of support on the page include a woman who says she uses it three times a week to help her arthritis, another woman who takes her children several times a week and a man who said they want to see it saved simply ‘because its a facility the south needs’.

You can view or sign the petition here.

TT Exhibit

If you fancy a quiet few hours away from the bikes and noises of the course, this may be just the thing for you.

A new exhibition at Rushen Heritage Centre highlights six Manx TT riders – past and present – some well-known, others less so, but all with the same desire and commitment.

‘The Ultimate Challenge’ exhibition at the Centre in Bridson Street, Port Erin, opened today, is running until Saturday June 25 and includes a former racing bike and TT-inspired paintings.

Doreen Moule, Chair of Rushen Heritage Trust, said: ‘The TT has such a rich heritage and we wanted to do our part to mark the return of the festival following Covid. TT riders know the dangers, but still feel the desire to take on the challenge of the 37.75 mile-long TT circuit and this exhibition pays tribute to them all, by focusing on a selection of local TT riders.’

The riders are Tom Sheard, Ryan Kneen, Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle, Dan Kneen, Dave Molyneux and Matt Mylchreest.

The bike on display is owned by road racer Bob Simmons of Ramsey.

Chair of RHT Doreen said: ‘First owned and ridden by Conor Cummins in 2004 in the R6 Challenge Cup when the bikes were all R6s and supplied by Yamaha. Each rider was supplied with two identical-looking bikes – one race bike and one road bike. If the rider had a successful season, the spare bike was given to the rider to race if they wished. Many riders sold the bikes to raise funds for their next season. 

‘Bob has owned the bike since December 2004, when his wife bought the bike for him as a combined anniversary, Christmas and birthday present. In 2006, Wade Boyd, from San Francisco, was on the Island for TT and he had problems with his own bikes, so Bob lent him the R6. He went on to ride the machine about four times.’

Later the bike went on to be ridden in five MGPs by Dave Clarke. 

Entry to RHC is free and it is open 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, until the end of October.

New Tenants

One of former Mayor Raina Chatel’s final acts during a distinguished 37 years’ service to the capital was to hand over the keys to the first tenant in the new £12.6 million social housing development on Peel Road. Mrs Chatel, Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Douglas, and her Mayoress Deirdre Chatel, officially presented the keys to Billy Carswell. Mrs Chatel, who retired earlier this month, was first elected as a Douglas councillor in 1985.