I did go over to Broadstairs in the morning and watched the dinghy sailing for a bit, the dinghies were all Lasers yesterday morning, possibly some sort of class regatta or possibly coincidence.
Not many photos as I only had my mobile phone with me and you really need a camera with a telephoto lens on it for that sort of thing.
I didn’t stay in Broadstairs for the dancing queens record attempt, what was great fun in 2011, click on the link for the photos and videos http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/dancing-queen-world-record-broadstairs.html was spoilt for me last year by far too much organisation, meaning I couldn’t get much decent in the can as you can see last year’s post http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/broadstairs-queens-and-dragons-few.html
Probably something to do with health and safety, I guess people dancing needs to occur in a roped off area if for no other reason than to protect them from themselves.
As I said when The Transeuropa Ferry went bust the interesting thing will be how much they owe TDC well now it appears this figure is £3.3m and as I said then. What the council need to do is look at managing the port and harbour in a completely different way.
My own feelings are that leisure is the way forward for the port part of the Ramsgate harbour setup, ideas that Port Ramsgate or for that matter Manston Airport have futures as transport hubs need to be balanced against their potential for other uses.
In this area leisure attractions that can offer people a family day out, like Dover Castle or Quex seem to be becoming increasingly busy. I have been saying for some tine that the historic aviation side of Manston needs better exploiting and that the water sports and water related leisure potential of port Ramsgate need to be explored.
Here in Thanet, we just don’t have the proximity to the M25 to compete with the main London airports or the proximity to the coast of France to compete with Dover, what we do have is sandy beaches, the best climate in the UK, some amazing architecture and some historical links that have considerable potential for exploitation in the leisure field.