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100 Years of Marshalling on the Isle of Man – Fundraising Event

Author: Department of Tourism and Leisure
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 20 2006

In this, the centenary year of the TT, a unique opportunity to spend an informal evening with some of the biggest names in the motorcycle racing world has been organised. At least eight TT winners and at least six current or former World Champions have agreed to attend the event which will take place on Saturday 17th February 2007 at the Hilton Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man.

Chris Heyes is organising the event in memory of his late brother, Martyn, a Flag Marshall at Laurel Bank on the Glen Helen section of the course for 25 years, sadly killed at Gorse Lea during the Manx Grand Prix in 2006.

The event will raise awareness of the essential and invaluable support provided by the Marshalls Association during racing festivals on the Island. Funds raised will be used for communication and medical equipment as well as updated training for existing marshals and the recruitment of new marshals.

Speaking about the event Chris said:

"Support for the event has been huge! We have got some of the biggest names in the sport joining us and are grateful for the help of local organisations such as the Department of Tourism and Leisure, Mannin Media, EuroManx, Conister Trust and the Hilton Hotel to name a few – more are getting involved as the event takes shape! We are confident that this will be one of the biggest – and more memorable events of this centenary year!"

Roger Hurst, Chairman of TT Marshall’s Association and Chief Marshall added:

"There are between 800 and 1000 marshals present during most events to meet the minimum manning level of 499 marshals on the course during any practice or race session - providing the essential line of vision cover for the entire 37¾ miles of course. It costs £1,000 to train 24 marshals so these funds will really make a difference."

Tickets cost £35 per person and include 3 course carvery buffet – tickets are limited so book early to ensure that you’re sitting on a table 'hosted' by a celebrity rider allocated on the night. Milky Quayle and Chris Kinley will compere the event which will include an auction and interviews with riders.

Tickets are available from Chris Heyes by email: or mobile 495105 (after 6pm only).

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