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RTC chairman reflects on ‘busy year’

Ramsey Town Commissioners’ chairman Andy Cowie has said his 12 months in office have been ‘a busy year’.

Mr Cowie was speaking at his end-of-year reception at Ramsey town hall where guests heard him thank his fellow Commissioners, together with officers and staff, for their support and shared endeavour ‘to make our town a better place to be’. He then took the opportunity to confirm that negotiations for the Commission’s acquisition of the Courthouse from the Department of Home Affairs had been successfully completed and said he looked forward to the seeing the landmark building repurposed for the benefit of the local community..

Turning to other developments in the town Mr Cowie praised all parties concerned in the ‘seamless operation’ that had seen the Commission assume responsibility for the Northern District civic amenity site, and said how the new sewage pumping station on the Mooragh site was safeguarding the quality of the surrounding coastal waters and beach, a beach he hoped might have the potential to achieve Blue Flag status.

He went on to say that the town had, once again, hosted Shennaghys Jiu, prompting him to comment that the celebration of Celtic music had been ‘a fantastic festival’ which had, in its 21st year, provided audiences with ‘a real treat’, while Mooragh Park had been the setting for the ‘triumph’ that was the Commission’s fireworks display in November.

On a more sombre note Mr Cowie said the Royal British Legion. in association with the Commissioners, had held 38 commemoration of loss ceremonies in Ramsey to honour those from the town who fell in World War One.

After remaining unchanged for five years the town rate had increased by 16p to 364p in the pound for the 2018-2019 financial year, a measure required, said Mr Cowie, to keep the town’s finances ‘on a firm footing’.

 

Over the past year 27 marriage and civil ceremonies and 116 births had been registered at Ramsey Town Hall and, after an absence of 26 years, the revival of Ramsey Carnival in 2017 had been well supported and was set to be a highlight in the town’s community events calendar for 2018.

Mr Cowie went on to congratulate Manx harpist Mera Royle, from Ramsey, for being voted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year and said he was proud that a team from Ramsey Grammar School had won this year’s Junior Achievement Student Company of the Year Award.

In closing he said the 2018 Spirit of Ramsey award, which celebrates ‘unsung heroes’ in the town, would be presented to Rosemary Mazzone, who was unable to attend due to ill health. Providing a snapshot of her achievements Mr Cowie said Mrs Mazzone was the mother of six children but had also fostered more than 40 children since 1992. She had been involved in the Northern Athletic Club and Ramsey youth club for many years, was a Ramsey Grammar School Association ‘stalwart’ and had been a driving force behind the Ramsey Bra Dash in aid of Breast Cancer Now. He said it was fitting that Mrs Mazzone’s services to the youth and community of Ramsey had been recognised in 2016 when she received the British Empire Medal. She was, said Mr Cowie, ‘a most worthy recipient’.

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Chairman of Ramsey Town Commissioners and Mrs Cowi