The evenings events kicked off at 5pm with over 150 local children gathering along Port Erin Beach and a few keen adults joining in whilst others relaxed outside the Cosy Nook enjoying the the usual hospitality combined with tasty treats including Manx Queenies and bacon.
A cannon boomed and across the bay on the flat calm water a boat was seen heading to the beach. The crowds gathered on the waterline as the boat neared and landed with local past figures such as James Kelly (the only survivor of the Brig Lily disaster and Juan Robin (skipper of the local smuggling boat Mauthe Dhoo) amongst others, all of whom were played by actors making their way up the beach where campfires were lit along various locations.
The groups were then split up and lead around to each small fire where they were told local yarns and manx tails about the maritime history of the Isle of Man.
In addition to the story telling the groups were also introduced to a number of boats thanks to the 7th Wave team.
No doubt the Queenies, local food along with a few glasses/bottles of wine (for the adults) rounded of a succesful sun blessed evening of Sales and Tales in the stunning setting of Port Erin bay overlooked by Bradda Head and Milners Tower.
Wednesday’s Sails and Tales will be a great event for families with all the activities focussed around Port Erin Beach. Actors in period costumes will regale enchanting tales from the past around small bonfires on Port Erin Beach. The cosy Nook Cafe will be open for food and refreshments and 7th Wave will be providing an introduction to boats and sailing with prizes on offer in the ‘design a boat’ competition.
Wednesday promises to be a fantastic evening, especially for the children who will be well looked after as they visit the various story tellers on the beach.
Wednesday’s entertainment has been kindly sponsored by the Falcon’s Nest Hotel.