Friday 27 August 2010

What’s on in Thanet this bank holiday weekend and some help from the council

There are several events on this weekend in Thanet, I think the largest is Ramsgate Arts Festival, The Summer Squall Festival, I have had a number of emails about this and have published them on the web for anyone interested, click on the link for them

The festival also has its own website and here is the link for that

I have tried to get the council to mention this on their main homepage but it hasn’t appeared there yet.

From my point of view, because of my interest in local history, the event that most interests me this weekend is the celebration of Margate Lifeboats 150th anniversary here is the link to their press release

This event is on Sunday and I will try to get along and take some pictures.

Many thanks to the council who have put it on their homepage.

The picture above of Quiver No.1, stationed at Margate between 1883 and 1898 Credit to RNLI Margate.
I don’t have a great deal about the work of the Margate Lifeboat in the early days, here in Ramsgate we are lucky to have Storm Warriors of the Goodwin Sands that describes the work of the Ramsgate Lifeboat see
The lifeboats in this area cooperated considerably and there is an excerpt in The Cry From the Sea and the Answer From the Shore, another book I publish see I have published the relevant bit at


  1. TDC will probably not put the Summer Squall on their homepage as they didn't organise it and probably feel some kind of petty jealousy towards it.

  2. Pathetic isn't it?

  3. I went to the Squall last year. I won't be going again.


Comments, since I started writing this blog in 2007 the way the internet works has changed a lot, comments and dialogue here were once viable in an open and anonymous sense. Now if you comment here I will only allow the comment if it seems to make sense and be related to what the post is about. I link the majority of my posts to the main local Facebook groups and to my Facebook account, “Michael Child” I guess the main Ramsgate Facebook group is We Love Ramsgate. For the most part the comments and dialogue related to the posts here goes on there. As for the rest of it, well this blog handles images better than Facebook, which is why I don’t post directly to my Facebook account, although if I take a lot of photos I am so lazy that I paste them directly from my camera card to my bookshop website and put a link on this blog.