Well I’m off! See you in a couple of weeks. I’m handing over to Illiam Cassidy with grateful thanks as where I’m staying on the IoM has no internet. Yessss!

Free Coke for “Des” (Designated Driver)
FREE Coca-Cola Zero will be offered to designated drivers when a round of three or more drinks is bought in a Heron and Brearley pub during the festive season. The designated driver initiative has been launched to support the Department of Transport and the police’s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign Booze, Choose, Lose.

The ‘Des’ initiative has been successful in the UK in previous years and was run inthe Isle of Man for the first time last year.

Inspector Richard Power of the Roads Policing Unit said: ‘It is vital that, when out celebrating this Christmas, you know how you are going to get home and appointing a designated driver is a great way of ensuring that you will be arriving home safe after your night out.’

Gordon Edwards, road safety manager for the DoT, added: ‘We have been encouraging people this year to choose to take public transport when out this Christmas and New Year, appointing a designated driver is also a great way to make sure that you have transport home after having a few drinks.

‘Drinking and driving really isn’t worth the risk. You could end up with a fine, a prison sentence or you may have to live with the fact that you have caused an accident through your careless and selfish actions.’

The Heron and Brearley offer will run throughout the Christmas and New Year period while stocks last.