Bond, the string quartet who played at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, will star at an event to raise funds for the Isle of Man’s Commonwealth Games team. The evening event, on May 16 at the Villa Marina, will be a mix of entertainment, a raffle plus a chance to see some of the competitors selected to represent the Island at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which begin on July 23. Guests will also be able to see The Queen’s Baton and Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 mascot. All proceeds will go to the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association which is the registered charity responsible for organising and raising funds for the Island’s national team.
A black-tie dinner has already sold out, but 450 tickets in the gallery area of the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall went on sale on February 17 at http://cfvg.gov.im/ for anyone who wants to see Bond, Manx entertainers The Deemsters, and a local group performing Scottish dancing. Former British Lions and England rugby union international Tim Stimpson will be the guest speaker for the evening. Gallery tickets cost £25.
The event is being organised by Marie Morgan who is a Team Isle of Man Ambassador and a former racing cyclist who competed at the Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, and won two stages of the Tour de France Féminin. She said: “The gala evening will be a fantastic mix of sport and entertainment and a great opportunity to see some of our competitors for Glasgow 2014 just a few days after the Team Isle of Man squad is announced. We’re delighted that Bond have agreed to perform and extremely grateful to everyone who is supporting the event, especially Tim Stimpson who is giving his time for free to support Team Isle of Man. We expect tickets to sell very quickly, so anyone who wants to attend is advised to purchase them ASAP when they go on sale. On the night we will have raffle prizes generously donated by local businesses, and auction items kindly donated by sporting stars and other individuals who wish to support Team Isle of Man.”
Marie added that she was hoping former Commonwealth Games competitors would attend the event to meet up with former team mates.
The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Island on May 16 as part of a 118,000 mile relay to all of the nations and territories competing in the Glasgow 2014 Games. The relay began in October 2013 and will culminate at the opening ceremony at Celtic Park on July 23. It will be carried to the Island from the Guernsey and Jersey legs of the relay and leaves on Monday May 19 to continue its journey with the next stop being Northern Ireland.
The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association is the organisation responsible for the publicity, fundraising, travel, and support for Team Isle of Man’s participation at the Commonwealth Games. It is a registered charity (No.644) and relies upon fundraising events and donations to fund the team. Find out about fundraising initiatives planned in the countdown to Glasgow 2014 at www.cga.im where you can also make donations.