Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Festival sees highest visitor numbers for a decade

Michael Dunlop
Image caption The fortnight-long festival includes the Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix races on the TT course

The number of people visiting the Isle of Man during last month's Festival of Motorcycling was the "highest for a decade", ferry operators have said.

According to Steam Packet Company figures, passenger numbers were up by 1,100 to 29,460.

There was also an 11% rise in the number of motorcycles brought to the island at 3,697.

A spokesman said the figures are the "highest for the racing fortnight for more than a decade."

It continues a positive trend for passenger figures this summer, which included the busiest TT period since its centenary in 2007 and a 6% increase in July passenger numbers compared with 2013.

The fortnight-long motorcycling festival, formerly called the Manx Grand Prix, takes place in the Isle of Man at the end of August.

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