Friday, 30 January 2009


Thanet district Council press release

Margate's Big Event has been shortlisted for two awards in a national competition for event organisers.

The event, which is Kent's leading land and air festival, takes place over the Father's Day weekend and has been shortlisted in two categories of the awards, organised by the National Outdoor Events Association.

Margate's Big Event is competing for top honours for the Best Outdoor Public Event of the Year Tribute Award and the Best Organised Outdoor Public Event of the Year.

The results are due to be announced at an awards ceremony in Oxford next month (February), with the presentations to the award winners being made by Ed Stewart, former Radio 1 and Radio 2 presenter.

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: "It's great to see Margate's Big Event being recognised at a national event. We know it's a superb event and last year's 65,000 visitors gave us great reviews but to have it's success endorsed by the Outside Events Industry is terrific. Congratulations to our team behind the event for being shortlisting. They put a huge amount of work into producing this event and I hope that will be acknowledged at the awards ceremony with a win."

Margate's Big Event is due to take place this year at Palm Bay on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June and will once again offer free entry, thrilling flying displays and a full festival programme.


  1. Yippee best place to see it without the crouds Botany bay and there is a cafe there for Bacon Sarnies and coffee.

  2. Does our Council Leader have no shame? He and his Cabinet accepted £12,500 of sponsorship from a developer with a 'live' application before his own Council for last year's Big Event and yet trumpets the fact that this 'event' is in line to win an award.
    I do not cast aspersions in Commercial Group Properties' direction here; why shouldn't they 'offer' sponsorship? The folly and unwisdom of accepting this tainted sponsorship lies with our Leader and his Cabinet. I have still to receive an answer from Sadiq Khan MP concerning my simple question put to him; at what stage is The Planning Process undermined by acceptance from a developer of a 'gift' with a live application before a Council?; is it £5, £5,000, £50,000, £ 500,000 or £5,000,000?

    So Mr Ezekiel, please trumpet your shameless acceptance of sponsorship from a developer with a live application before your Council and let the people of Thanet decide whether you are no different but in the same category as 4 Labour peers.


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