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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.