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Old prison as a heritage site?

Bookings are being taken for tours around the Island's former prison in Victoria Road, Douglas.

The visits have been organised by the Department of Home Affairs after what's described as 'overwhelming interest' from the public in seeing inside the 117 year old facility.

They will start this coming Saturday at 9am and will be conducted by former acting prison governor, Tony Hawkes.

He says the public has always been interested in prison life and hopes it may be possible for the old prison to become a heritage site (audio file attached):

The number to ring to book a tour is 678686. The line will be open until 5pm today, and from 9am to 5pm for the next three days.

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis, and the last tour will be on Sunday, October 12.

The old jail is now empty after prisoners were moved to the new prison in Jurby last month.

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