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Axed entertainment hits TT trade

TT race
Each year the Mountain Road is closed for two weeks for the TT races

Businesses on the Isle of Man have complained that trade suffered during the TT races because of a "lack of free entertainment".

Many traders said that the festival atmosphere was lacking, resulting in less custom.

Former president of the island's Chamber of Commerce, John Hollis, felt it was a mistake to axe the traditional free entertainment.

A Department of Tourism and Leisure spokesman was not available to comment.

In the past, there have been launch parties with TT competitors as the guests and parades along the promenade.

This year, there were a number of tribute bands performing on various stages on the island.

Mr Hollis, who plans to write to the Department of Tourism and Leisure, said: "The tribute bands did not seem to be that popular.

"They were still trying to sell tickets on the day of the event and they were even trying to give free drinks to entice people.

"Even if they had just started by having a big screen - it helps create an atmosphere."

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