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Castle Mona Goes Up For Auction Again!

The Castle Mona Hotel, in Douglas, will be auctioned again. It was sold at auction in London to an undisclosed island-based developer in October for a sum said to have ‘substantially’ exceeded the £1m reserve price. But the Sefton Group has now revealed the sale has not been completed. The company’s chief executive, Brett Martin, … Read More →

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Banning Public Displays Of Graphic Material To Be Discussed In HoK

Banning public display of offensive graphic material will be discussed in next week’s sitting of the House of Keys. Douglas Central MHK Ann Corlett will ask Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas what consideration has been given to bringing forward legislation which prevents such material being shown in public. A UK anti-abortion group recently spent … Read More →

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Abort 67’s Shock Tactics Met With Umbrella Demo

Umbrellas were essential given the torrential rain. But they served quite a different purpose for today’s women’s march along Douglas promenades as they were used to shield those taking part from a rival demonstration staged by the controversial Abort67 group. Brollies and a big screen were held pointing sideways to ensure young eyes didn’t see … Read More →

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Abortion: There Is A Huge Body Of Evidence About Why We Need To Change The Law Says Dr Allinson

Earlier this year, when the House of Keys gave Alex Dr Allinson the go-ahead to bring forward a private member’s bill to update the island’s laws, Health Minister Kate Beecroft voted against. She argued there was no medical evidence to support either side of the argument. But, Dr Allinson said the petition, plus harrowing accounts … Read More →

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Pier Work Gathers Pace – But Trust Needs Your Help To Fund Steel Order

Work continues apace on the restoration of Ramsey Pier. But the volunteer’s trust behind the project are still some way off towards their first fund-raising target of £60,000 which will allow them to order the steel. Scaffolding has been erected immediately below the landmark’s steel lattice. Volunteers have been working hard to remove the decking … Read More →

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Should People Have To Get Permission To Take A Donkey Into Ramsey’s Pleasure Grounds?

Ramsey Commissioners have launched a public consultation on their by-laws covering the use of ‘pleasure grounds’ and foreshores. The Ramsey Town Amenity Byelaws 1998 are due to expire in January 2018. Areas covered by the legislation include Mooragh Park, Coronation Park and other open public spaces under the authority’s control. For instance, swimming is banned … Read More →

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The Long Road To Restoration For Pier

Work has continued apace on the long-awaited restoration of Queen’s Pier. Contractors Lunt & Sons of Douglas have removed and replaced the rotten lintels in the entrance building with rolled steel joists, which will make the buildings structurally safer. There was a ‘restricted access’ placed on the building by the Department of Infrastructure until this … Read More →

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Jurby Junk To Close In October

A popular shop in the north of the Island has announced it will be closing its doors in October. Jurby Junk confirmed it will cease trading on October 15th over 40 years after opening. The store is popular with locals and tourists, while owner Stella Pixton has featured in a number of television shows about … Read More →

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The Abortion Law As It Stands In The Isle of Man

The Abortion Reform Bill would replace the 1995 Termination of Pregnancy Act, which states abortions can only be performed under limited conditions. A termination can be carried out without time limit if it is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman or there is a substantial risk to her life or if there … Read More →

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Jurby Junk Could Shut Up Shop After Four Decades

A famous Manx landmark could be shutting down for good. For more than four decades, Jurby Junk, a cavernous emporium of antiques, bric-a-brac, clothing, ephemera and books, has traded from the village in the north of the island. Since its inception in 1972, it has been the essential destination for tourists, amateur dramatics enthusiasts and … Read More →