At 10am on Saturday 16 April Turner Contemporary's gallery opened to the public.
It was a truly spectacular weekend...
- Over 14,000 visitors came to see the gallery during the opening weekend
- Over 2,000 cups of coffee were served at the gallery café
- Our Turner Contemporary mug was a bestseller with nearly all selling out
- Over 2000 walked through the doors of the Visitor Information Centre next door at Droit House
In the first six weeks of opening, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 65,000 visitors.
I am very pleased that people are coming to Margate to visit the Turner and Margate Old Town. People are saying Margate has a real buzz about it that I assume is down to the Turner opening. I hope now the council can keep the Dreamland project on course. I know we are in new financial times even from when these projects were first muted but with a new administration the easy option would be to abandon the regeneration, but politics is not about making easy decisions but having the strength to make the hard ones as well.