‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside’, Mark Sheridan, 1909
If you can’t whistle along to this tune you probably weren’t
born in Blighty…..
…..like 11.4932% of the population of Margate
The G-ster was out and about and getting on down in said spot
at the weekend
Time for a little history lesson !
Margate’s recent past has been a bit of a roller coaster…..
It all began when a Russian immigrant called Vladimir Raitz
invented the ‘package holiday’ in the 1950s…..
Suddenly the bustling charms of English seaside towns began
to pale when compared to the possibilities of the…..
The Spanish Costas (and certain sunshine)
The French Riviera (and guaranteed topless babes)
The Greek Islands (never ending sun, sea, sex and well, that
was enough !)
Throw in a Full English Breakfast (a ‘flingo’) or two and the
Brits were never going back to their own version of a resort
As a result Margate was abandoned ! ! ! ! !
It would appear that the allure of a donkey ride just wouldn’t
swing it for the modern British holidaymaker
Guest houses with sea views stood empty, the B&B business
went into a death dive
Then there was a lightbulb moment somewhere
FLASH ! FLASH ! FLASH !
Some genius decided that the empty rooms could be used to
house the following groups:
Social welfare claimants
So Margate was deliberately turned into a human dustbin
There were some seriously stupid people running Margate
You don’t believe me ? ? ?
Then why would you twin Margate with…..
…..and I am not making this up…..
Astana in Kazakhstan
Yalta in Crimea
Kosovo (actually a whole country that nobody in their
right minds would want to go to)
Now fast forward to today !
Margate has just been voted ‘Britain’s Best Seaside Town’
It is now…..
Well, it certainly has a classy, sparkly art gallery…..
The Turner Contemporary
It has a gem of an Art Deco railway station designed in 1926
by Edwin Maxwell Fry (and now deservedly Grade 2 listed)
It has the smallest pub in the country, The Little Prince,
that has a maximum capacity of six (not counting the barkeep)
It has Dreamland (miles and miles of smiles), a pleasure park
based on early twentieth century parks in Coney Island, New York
‘And The Beat Goes On’, The Whispers, 1979
However, for those with a nostalgic turn of mind you will still
be able to enjoy…..
…..rolling acres of pink, corpulent, tattooed flesh
PLUS CA CHANGE !