Alternate title: Marged Again
Margie has had a facelift
Even Mary Portas had a go at the highstreet…..
…..she failed but that’s par for the course !
The Turner Contemporary marked a ‘turning point’
Margate is slowly reclaiming her old glory…..
…..she has it all going on
The Winter Gardens
The Theatre Royal
The Walpole Bay Hotel
A beautiful sandy beach with a huge tidal pool…..
…..although rather worryingly there is a sign in the middle
that is essentially a length of scaffolding buried in the sand…..
…..a handful of signs point in different directions…..
…..one to the lifeguard’s hut
…..one to the beach inspector’s hut
…..and one to the toilets that seems to point straight at
the tidal pool ! ! ! ! !
Incredibly you can still buy saucy postcards at a place called
‘Kiss Me Quick’
There are still more bingo halls and amusement arcades than
virgins in a nunnery but life isn’t perfect…..
…..the star turn is the revival of the historic old town…..
…..full of retro shops, cool restaurants, coffee shops, galleries
and colourful characters !
More colourful than most is the owner and died-in-the-wool
eccentric who runs the ‘The Mad Hatter Tea Garden’
It’s christmas all year round in this tinsel-filled corner house
The owner wears only yellow, his tea shop is yellow and his
home is yellow too and he won international fame last year by
running in front of the olympic flame carrier when it came through
Margate……..err……..in his yellow track suit !
Oh and he always wears a top hat like the Lewis Carroll character
The old town is full of galleries like ‘The Pie Factory’ which contains
three galleries, a cafe and a pop-up shop
There is even a shop specialising in 1960s and 1970s Danish homeware
Cool restaurants are everywhere and some have spectacular views like
Morgan’s Vintage Dance Hall and Coffee Lounge……..
…..you look right across the length of Margate’s sandy beach
The G.-man ate in the harbour arm that arcs out into the sea
and provides a becalmed basin for boats……
…..in a great little place called ‘BeBeached’
It’s one of these places with a small menu on which
everything is cooked fresh (so it takes time) and all the
ingredients are sourced locally and the suppliers are all
printed on the back of the menu to prove it
The views back to the town across the harbour are wonderful
The regeneration of Margate continues apace with plans to
build a boutique hotel next to the Turner and to renovate the
art deco marvel that is called ‘Dreamlands’ on the seafront
In vernacular speak ‘Margie gets it’
…..and then buy the T-shirt to celebrate the event from
‘Kiss Me Quick’……..for a few squidlies you can get one
that reads ‘For a dirty weekend come to Margate’
Well why not (even if it is a Tracey E. invention)
With a bit of luck Margie won’t need Tracey when the
makeover is over and Tracey can be banished to Hoxton
ps, Nearly forgot, I think I saw Big Joe at a bus stop, I can’t
be certain but at least we know he might have green credentials