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Three giant deckchairs installed at VillaGaiety

Sat, 19 Jun 2021

Three giant deckchairs have been installed in the Villa Marina Gardens, where they will remain throughout summer.

The VillaGaiety chairs, which can each hold up to three adults, are covered with designs that are a nod to the Island’s history as a bustling summer holiday destination in the early 20th century. 

One features the traditional striped deck chair design in the vibrant VillaGaiety colours. The other is a collage of images from Manx National Heritage showing the gardens and promenade full of holidaymakers and locals relaxing on deck chairs through the summer and at events, with the tagline “Deckchairing Since 1913”.

The third chair, commissioned by the Isle of Man Arts Council, was designed by Jade Boylan. It features a bright background with a set of icons depicting the different aspects of our arts sector – including music, fashion, film and theatre.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said, “These giant chairs make an exciting addition to the public gardens. Deckchairing became a vital part of our Coronavirus relaxation measures, giving people the opportunity to relax and reconnect with friends and family safely. This installation really is a seamless celebration of our past and the difficulties we have overcome in the last 18 months.”

It is hoped that the chairs will help to encourage more people to use the Villa Marina Gardens as a social and recreational space for family and friends.


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