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Easter at the Laxey Wheel 7 April 2004

Manx National Heritage begins the celebrations of 150 years of the Laxey Wheel with "Easter at the Wheel" on Easter Monday.

The Mines Trail has been updated for the anniversary year with new interpretative panels and information for visitors. The Wheel has undergone extensive works throughout the winter months in preparation for its anniversary in September.

On Easter Monday, between 1pm and 4pm, there will be a children's treasure hunt with the chance to win prizes as well as exploring the new look Mines Trail - and a free Easter egg for the first 250 children to hand in their completed quiz sheets!

Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage, Allison Fox said:

"Everyone will have noticed the major refurbishment that has been happening at the Wheel over the winter. But it's not only the Lady Isabella herself that has received the attention. The whole Mines Trail around the wheel has been extensively re-vamped and re-displayed. There are photographs from when the mines were in operation as well as anecdotes from those who worked in and around the mines. We are very much looking forward to showing the results of work and the Easter event is a great opportunity for visitors to see what's been happening.

"Not only will people be able to enjoy looking at the new Mines Trail and Wheel refurbishment which is near completion, they'll also have the chance to win prizes by completing the quiz as they go. It should be a great family day out!"

Treasure Hunt question sheets will be available in advance at Laxey Wheel and on Easter Monday itself. The Friends of Manx National Heritage will be selling refreshments.

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