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5 "Gifts" Thanet has Given the World

Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath was schooled at Chatham House Grammar School. He was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. The wikipedia says that Heath's accession represented a change in the leadership of the Conservative party, from aristocratic figures such as Harold Macmillan and Lord Home to the self-consciously meritocratic Heath, and later, Margaret Thatcher. I'm sure Rick will have something to say about that. Old Heathy is probably best remembered as the Prime Minister that took Britain into the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973 (before my time - honest).

The actor Peter Barkworth was born in Margate. Soon after being born on our fair isle his family moved to Bramhall in Cheshire and so Peter Barkworth was educated at Stockport School. But he started out here in Thanet. A note for Sci Fi fans Peter Barkworth had a part in the Doctor Who story line "The Ice Warriors" as Leader Clent.

Moses Montefiore had a key conenction to Thanet. This Prominent British Jewish campaigner and philanthropist (not to mention stockbroker too) was heavily involved in the affairs of Ramsgate and owned East Cliff Lodge. His tomb is adjacent to the synagogue in Ramsgate by the way Richard.

Mathematician Alfred North Whitehead was born in Ramsgate thus proving that good can come from the place (joke). Alfred North Whitehead, OM He was born during February 1861 and passed away during the end of December 1947 having escaped to Cambridge (no not that one, the one in Massachusetts, USA). The Wikipedia tells us that he was an English mathematician who became a philosopher. He wrote on algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of science, physics, metaphysics, and education. He co-authored the epochal Principia Mathematica with Bertrand Russell.

Iain Aitch is a writer and journalist who was born in Margate. This author of the travel book A Fete Worse Than Death, is much loved by a certain blogger (hello Tony) mainly for writing "We're British, Innit", which, according to gthe all knowing wikipedia is a humorous lexicon about Britain. When not soaking in Thanet blogger's adoration (or lack thereof) he also writes articles for the mainstream press (The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph mostly).

Who is your favourite famous Thanet person and why? (living or otherwise).

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This Normal comment was left by Rick [score: 0]:

Yes Matt. Nice one. I have been using the word "Meritocratic" a bit of late.

As you know I was posted to a rural beat direct from police training in 1971 (against my wishes) causing the Head of Force CID to accuse me of having been "Cross posted from Army Special Forces". The paranoia it caused him was nothing to the grief it all caused me.

I reecived a letter from the Home Office on July 14th 1971 inviting direct reporting an any matter "Which might not otherwise come to light". I had no intention of complying but it intrigued me. Plus prompted me to apply for posting to conventional duties. This application was refused by Chief constable. So I was stuck with it.

I soon had reason to link Reginald Maudling to the area (Internment without trial was introduced to the Irish situation)

But as you know I came to the view that any "IRA assets acquiring information of use to the Soviet" were actually more interested in the Sue Ryder Homes HQ.

1971 was when MI5 expelled 105 Soviet diplomats which may have caused a greater reliance by the Soviet on their financed group the OIRA.

The MI6 founding trustees of Sue Ryder charity were Airey Neave and Harry Sporborg. Two of the powerful backroom boys who selected Maggie Thatcher (after Du Cann dropped out I think) and steered her to power.

Heath I think may have manipulated the Bloody Sunday Inquiry 1972.

Perhaps stopping the poor squaddie getting the pain whilst the powerbrokers got the pleasure of their desired strategic outcome (OIRA ceasefire and anticipated suspension of the OIRA Garland Plan)

However on 22.1.72 when I defied the DI in the case and tried to get after Cheshire and Ryder over the sudden death of Matron McGill I think that signalled the end of me ever getting beyond speculation as to what it was all about.

But as my wife has pointed out ... perhaps someone in MI5 kept your details as you seem to always be in place to investigate and report on technical sabotage at manufacturers beginning with P ... Petbow, Plessey and Penn.

As you know I get p-ssed off when MOD experts agree the reports and then there are no prosecutions.

(Although the Plessey plant closed with 1200 redundancies)

That is my worms eye view of history for you Matt.
09/12/2008 14:06:45

This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

I think Tracy Emin is more of a household name than any of those with the obvious exception of Ted Heath.

Don't forget Brenda Blethyn from Ramsgate, certainly a favourite of mine!
09/12/2008 15:01:50

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

@Rick "Meritocratic" describes government by persons selected according to merit in competition. Good word Rick.

@Peter Yes, I had to cull the list down from quite a lot more or risk overwhelming the subject. I chose people I felt had significantly offered the world something (for good or bad) but yes as household names go that would be a list for another time I think.
09/12/2008 17:19:34

This Normal comment was left by Laura Probert [score: 0]:

Dame Janet Stancomb-Wills deserves a mention too - she did a lot for Ramsgate and became its first lady mayor in 1923
09/12/2008 19:10:28

This Normal comment was left by Matt B [score: 0]:

I had forgotten about Dame Janet. Yes there are some very impressive names and achievements that have come from Thanet.
09/12/2008 21:14:49
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