Beach Buddies

Bill Dale and the Beach Buddies have a double header weekend, with the second to celebrate Father’s Day.

From 1pm, the charity will be joining forces with the people of Andreas for a community clean-up around the village, meeting at Ayre Utd Football Club. Bill Dale said: ‘Andreas has a special Jubilee event coming up on July 2 so this is a great opportunity to make the village look at its very best for this special occasion. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.’

The second event sees the band join up with the charity ‘Love Tech’ for an event at Ballaugh beach when it joins forces with their volunteers to clean up the beautiful stretch of coastline.

As ever, the charity will provide the equipment at both events, and remove all rubbish collected afterwards, recycling as much as possible.


The airport was evacuated and surrounding roads were closed earlier today due to a potentially suspicious item in the baggage checking area.

A gov statement said: ‘Airport security alerted the emergency services who quickly responded to the incident and managed the scene whilst the suspicious item was assessed. Following a review it was determined the item did not pose a threat.

‘Isle of Man Airport apologises for the inconvenience this incident has caused, however the safety of passengers, crew and ground staff is of the utmost importance.  The public are thanked for their cooperation, patience and understanding. Passengers who face disruption due to this incident are asked to contact the airlines directly for information regarding their flights.’


The gov has responded to the letter issued by the Southern Swimming Pool Board, which criticised what they see as underfunding and a lack of value being put on the pool.

A DESC spokesman said: ‘In March, it was agreed that a full review of the Isle of Man’s swimming pool provision will be carried out by an external body. It will be carried out by UK-based consultants Knight, Kavanagh & Page and start in July – with a report anticipated later in the year.

‘The review will include the regional pools in Castletown, Peel and Ramsey as well as the pools at Ballakermeen, Glencrutchery Road and the National Sports Centre. The regional pools are run jointly by commissioners in the respective region, with an annual subvention paid by DESC. All pool boards are invited to contribute to the review.’