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The Police Treat is Back

Wednesday 15 December in Community

An almost forgotten Christmas tradition was revived with the help of financial services company ZEDRA Isle of Man.

The Douglas-based trust specialist teamed up with the Isle of Man Constabulary and radio station 3FM to resurrect the once popular festive get-together.

A regular event in the 1970s and 1980s, the 'Police Treat' saw scores of school children head to the former Strand Cinema and Picture House in Douglas’ main shopping street where they watched cult and classic movies, all washed down by sandwiches, cake, sweets and pop.

Those films ranged from ET, Superman and Herbie Rides Again to the Muppets Christmas specials and Never Ending Story and, after youngsters had enjoyed the movies, they each received selection boxes to take home.

ZEDRA Isle of Man Managing Director Joanna Bodell said: ‘The Police Christmas Treat is well remembered by a generation of excited young locals who used to flock to the cinema in the run-up to Christmas each year.

‘The event may have stopped in the mid-80s but people have a soft spot for it and so we were delighted to team up with the Police and 3FM to mark its revival and provide refreshments and goodies for children from various schools to enjoy.’

Screenings of Rise of the Guardians were held at Ballakermeen High School for around 1,000 year six pupils from Island primary schools who travelled with Bus Vannin.

They also watched a mini-Pantomime, performed by local theatrical group Hello Little People, before receiving a goodie bag and brought back to their school.

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