Cherry Orchard owner speaks of sadness

Twenty four jobs lost

The owner of the Cherry Orchard in Port Erin says he was devastated at having to make staff – many of them long-time friends - redundant.

Restaurant, bar and function facilities at the complex have closed, although prepaid deposits are being honoured, while apartments, self-catering and swimming pool operations are continuing.

Management say the business is no longer viable after a Rent and Rates Appeal Tribunal ruling found leaseholders on the site had been overcharged by £89,000.

Robert Gillings says it was difficult to break the news.

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