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And the tunnels open June 1st these steps lead down to them what a lovely makeover for 1950's utilitarian concrete
Barry the tunnels open on Tuesday the 27th May I think
Michael Duke of Kent party is 27th and official opening is June 1st so says Phil Spain. I'll email the poster
Sorry to be a bit off topic here, did you see small item buried in today's Sunday Times Business News pages? As follows:Cluff pilots Manston rescue bid:Veteran oil baron Algy Cluff is part of a rescue bid for Manston Airport Kent.[Then three lines about recent events] Cluff said he hoped to work alongside Gloag to rescue the airport.
I've got to be honest, I think those steps look terrible! A very cheap and tacky makeover.
And not exactly in keeping with the WW2 theme of the tunnels.
Organiser of the tunnels has approached them to paint tunnels. It certainly got a lot of favourable responses from visitors today all praising the initiative and its better than the 1950's Colditz look.From responses eleswhere Peter you seem to be in a very small minority
Oh and this isn't yet finished as there will be more colour added with involvement from local schools
I guess not everyone can have my good taste and finesse.
The children love it victor
My point exactly. Appeals to a 6 year old.
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Well touring along Thanet's coastline today I must say neither the closure of Manston or the sunshine have done much to attract the crowds back to Ramsgate's sands whilst, elsewhere, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay and Louisa Bay all had healthy crowds. Up at Westwood X roundabout heading in, four out of five cars are still turning off along Westwood Road for Broadstairs on a sunny Sunday so, just maybe, it wasn't the airport after all. Never mind though because those colourful steps should bring the crowds when they hear about them.
You mean they were wrong about the planes putting off tourists? ; )
Interesting to note that there is an article on Manston runway extension in the newspaper items above. Would it be possible to show that in full? It seems to imply that there were no plans to extend the runway westward. I see that William Rees Davies was MP so that dates the articles to 1957 to 1961 because Henry Brooke was housing minister between those dates.
EMBOB the four local papers are available to peruse and print out on microfilm two at Margate Library and two at Ramsgate library, there are no indexes and it takes me about an four hours to do a year of one paper. So 'fraid that is one you will have to do yourself.
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