One of the Thanet late season events every year is the visit from The Waverley Paddle Steamer. What happens here is that the paddles steamer goes around the coast and up and down the Thames dropping people off picking them up and letting them stop for a while in different places.
Here is the timetable, from the council's point of view it's a no brainer to be part of this.
FRIDAY Sept 25 &
FRIDAY Oct 9
River Thames & Sail
Through Tower Bridge
Whitstable c arr 1930
Southend c arr 1945
Margate c arr 2000
London Tower Pier 2200
Of course The Waverley used to stop at Ramsgate and with the council's policy of investing in Margate and doing anything they can to damage Ramsgate economically it's understandable that it stopped going there, but stopping it going to Margate what are they up to now.
Here is the email they have sent out to people who booked:
"From: Booking Office
Date: 6 October 2015 at 17:19:35 BST
Subject: PRE DEPARTURE INFORMATION: PADDLE STEAMER WAVERLEY OCT 9
Thank you for booking a trip aboard Waverley.
We have been unable to reach an agreement with the local council to use Margate Pier on Friday.
We have arranged a coach transfer by 3 JAB Coaches, which will be at Margate Pier at 9.15am to board passengers for the short journey to join Waverley in Whitstable. Coaches will depart at 9.30am.
If you would prefer to join the ship directly in Whitstable Harbour, you can do so - boarding commences at 10.30am for a departure at 11am. We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you onboard."
I phoned the council to ask what they are up to and they promised to get back to me, I subsequently phoned them back three times only to go down the answering machine route.
update by email
update by email
Dear Michael, thank you for highlighting the problems concerning the waverley paddle steamer on your blog. I have just arrived home and read todays blog. I think you ought to know that the steamer did not depart from Margate jetty last year at all as stated in your blog because of high winds. All the passengers were bussed to Gravesend and started their day from there with no problems. This is a fact as I was there with my daughter. There was only one visit to Margate last year which did not happen. Today there were no sailing at all as the ship had boiler trouble and could not leave Southend. We were bussed back to Margate after hearing the news upon arrival at Whitstable. Never mind, we made the bestwe could and had a nice day anyway. Best Wishes from A***** B****.