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Revved Up for Tynwald Day 21 June 2004

Entertainment at this year's Tynwald Fair Day on Monday July 5 is in pole position to be the best yet.

Highlights include a Formula One Tyrrell car on display near the front green. Owner Andrew Tate will fire up the engine for two minutes at 2.30pm on the day.

Events co-ordinator Laurence Skelly said:

"This year's Tynwald Fair Day promises to be fun filled at St John's with even more events and displays than last year. Other highlights include the launch of the Wild Flowers of Mann book by Andree Dubbeldam and Possan Straiddey providing a circus skills workshop for children in Cooill Y Ree for the first time. Meanwhile competitors of all ages are welcome once again to take part in the World Three Legged Championships to be staged by Rushen Round Table starting at 3.30pm.

"There's so much going on that we hope it will encourage people to stay for the whole day and evening. The evening entertainment caters for all tastes with a concert by the Regal Singers in the Royal Chapel and Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band at the Old School. There's the Calor Gas Ceilidh Band in the Homercomers marquee plus a supper of Manx broth and bunloaf from the St John's and Foxdale Live At Home Scheme. The Beat Retreat will be staged by HM Royal Marines Scotland at 9pm followed by the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums on a floodlit Tynwald Hill and the fireworks. Truly a fine way to finish celebrating our national day."

President of Tynwald Noel Cringle is confident that this year's occasion will exceed previous years for the quality and variety of entertainment. He said:

"The Tynwald Ceremony Arrangements Committee has again supported the provision of the big screen at Tynwald Fair and this will enhance all aspects of the day. Greenlight TV will be filming the ceremonial sitting of Tynwald and much of the entertainment to relay on the screen. They will also be repeating the popular screenings of old Tourist Board films during the afternoon."

"The events and displays involve many people of all ages and the opportunity should not be lost to enjoy meeting old friends who attend on this annual occasion. Music, dance and spectacle will again make for a memorable day out."

Details of all the events will be published next week in a leaflet delivered with the Courier. It includes a competition with a prize of 100.

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