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  1. Geoffrey Settle

    Memories of the Isle of Man

    I know that this is for Warrington Memories but how many of you Warringtonians have memories of the Isle of Man? Meeting John McGuiness at Picturesque in the Latchford Gallery and then the TT stars on the Parr Hall stage is a tenuous link between the two. Jumping the ferry, Ben Machree or the Cat for a spell across the Irish Sea with your bucket and spade to a guest house - pre package holidays and jets to the Costa. Business suffered a lot with the arrival of cheap guaranteed sun abroad - BUT what are your treasured memories. Mine began like that but years later I spent two summer seasons working at the Ramsey Beach Hotel and I had a great time in my early 20's learning so much about skinny dipping, working in it's night club and in the morning listening to the motor bikes scream around the hairpin bend and up the mountain passed the Albert Tower that celebrated Queen Victoria's husbands life. I'm now listening to Manx TT radio http://www.manxradio.com/on-air/manx-radio-tt/ (great show for the Rock God aka Gary to listen to - Alice Coopper, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs all in succession - all biker music of course etc.) I'm a bit sad that for the first time in 8 years I'm not their as a Race Marshal but getting ready for the racing to start, once they've got some more miles in practice laps. Unlike last year when the sun shine this year it's poured down. Anyway I've got loads of memories, nay of which I can't tell you about but I will be glued every evening to ITV4 and highlights of the TT racing for more memories. What are yours - oops my Kippers are under the grid and starting to burn - honest they are Mrs Geoff bought them from the guy who turns up on Thursdays at the Culcheth car park she's gone to her sisters tonight and left me in charge of the cooker - not a good idea BTW practice has just finished but the Mountain Road is not yet open.