Taking biking to the next level
I’ve always been a huge fan of motorcycling but have only ever ridden 125cc bikes. Living in a motorcycle mecca has certainly motivated me to up my game and having been inspired by the many fearless biker ladies I’ve met along the way; I’m looking to get a 600cc licence in the summer.
Along with the Island’s motorsport history, is the community and biker spirit that comes with it. I met my husband on the Island, who is equally into his bikes and together we will venture out for a ride either on the Mountain, up to the Point of Ayre or along our favourite stretch from Kirk Michael to Peel - or ‘sunset city’ as it’s nicknamed by locals!
I had worked as a post lady for many years, and decided on a career change when I moved to the Isle of Man. I enjoy engaging with others, so decided to venture into the hospitality and tourism industry. I initially worked as a Receptionist at the Palace Hotel and had several wonderful years there. The hotel really looked after their employees, and I always felt valued. This shows in the strong bonds I formed with both my employer and colleagues – I made friends that became family.
After moving to Ramsey, in the north of the Island – the jewel of the Island as I call it, I decided to move to the Ramsey Park Hotel. I quickly worked my way up to Events co-ordinator, and organise events ranging from weddings, birthdays to christenings and coach trips. The job is demanding, but incredibly rewarding - it’s a privilege to have played a part in someone’s special day.
I can walk to work, which is such a joy – I walk along the harbour, watch the fisherman get to work, and the sea twinkle under the Manx sunshine. It’s moments like this when I realise, I will never leave the place I affectionately call ‘Freedom Island’.