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takes me back my neighbour has one of them in his back garden
I remember visiting this as a birthday invite in 1971 when a friend of was 6...as was I. We also visited a helter skelter that ended in a large polished wooden bowl at the bottom. Where was that in Ramsgate? Any idea?
At one time it was near the base of the cliff under one of the clowns and then it was moved near the entrance to the railway tunnel,i think it was destroed in a storm but i might be wrong on that.
17.48 Do you have any pictures of it there, destroyed in a storm seems likely.17.10 The Helter Skelter with the wooden bowl at the bottom was part of the Pleasurama fair on the land between the old railway station converted to amusements and Augusta Steps. When the girls arrived in the bowl at the bottom the resultant spin caused some fine displays of leg, 1971 sounds about right.
MichealI believe that the models are now in the grounds of Salmestone Grange, sadly in a state of some disrepair
I remember taking my daughter there , but I have to say it was a bit 'unloved' and we left quickly to get some ice cream at the nearby cafe
Some of the model village properties are at Salmastone Grange, some went into private hands but quite a few went to Bekonscot Historic Model Village in Buckinghamshire website www.bekonscot.co.uk where several houses were to be fully restored they may have all been finished and on display by now.
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