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Margate Lives?

Back in 2007 I described exactly how to revive Margate and it is good to see that six years later someone has finally gotten arround to stealing my idea. It's about time too.

Margate High Street Saturday

This saturday just gone I found myself walking up Margate High Street and I heard some music. I could not see where the music was coming from for the crowds of people. All I could tell was that it was pretty darn good.

As a weaved my way past the pole dancer (I kid you not) and the crowds there I set my eyes on these guys and suddenly everything became clear.

Beggars' Belief Playing On Margate High Street

Stilt walkers in Margate High Street
This six piece band is called Beggars' Belief. I happen to think that they are rather good. They were there along with the pole dancer, clown, stilt walkers and crowd. At the time I had not the slightest idea what they were all doing there but knew that the party would boost trade in the high street so it was a good thing. It turns out that the band were there to celebrate the official opening of "Poportunity" which I must have failed to notice at all.

"Poportunity" was opened by Mary Portas last year although it seems that she has taken her sweet time about actually spending that money was promised. You are most welcome, by the way, Mary - no need to give credit where it's due. When you need more good ideas give me a shout, love.

For all there was clearly some good fun and good music being enjoyed in Margate I can't help feeling that there was a bit of a missed opportunity to actually draw attention to anything. I'm seriously starting to doubt the ability Ms Portas to really get anything much organised, much less to understand the area or the nature of crowds.

The self serving trumpet blowing of Mary Portas aside the town seemed to be having a jolly good time.

Here are some more pictures of the day.

Clown in Margate High Street

No, this is not a Kent County Councillor but a bonafide children's entertainer. Hard to spot the difference some days I know. It was good to see some life being brought back to the High Street although why it has taken six years for this to happen is beyond me. The important thing now is to reload and make the most of the good vibe that the party in the town had on Saturday.

If the people with the hands on the purse strings can keep the live music and fun going then the high street might just live yet.

People in Margate

Here is a shot mainly featuring members of the public. I was actually after a picture of the stilt walkers but there was such a steady flow of people that mostly I have pictures of random people walking about. It was good to see Margate that busy.

Beggars' belief play in Margate

Beggars' belief play Margate High Street

If you want to hear what Beggars' belief sound like then you can tune in to their website music page, like them on Facebook or Friend them on Facebook. They have a blog but it's not been updated in while. Talking of blogs Marty (one of the band members - the one with the trombone) writes for a website Life Chapters which some readers might find interesting.

Beggars' belief band playing a live gig for Margate High Street

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

It's not Mary Portas' money, so she can hardly be blamed for others not spending it.
27/05/2013 20:58:34

This Informative Normal comment was left by Kristina Walker [score: 3]:

Only just seen this but I thought that I would add that the pole dancer is myself, Kristina Walker, and I am one of the top performers in the country having competed both nationally and internationally. I am one of the owners of Phases Dance and Fitness Studio which can be found at 25 High Street, Margate. Here I teache pole dance and fitness to all who wish to learn as well as aerial hoop and trapeze and other more normal fitness diciplines.
11/11/2013 17:23:22

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

Thanks for updating us Kristina. Perhaps we could pop along sometime and talk to you about what you do?
14/11/2013 00:29:34
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