I am of an age I can remember the 1960's and the last throes of Margates hey days. In those days before the foreign package holidays and two weeks paid holidays day trips to the coast were the norm and a weeks stay in a guest house was de riguer peoples expectations were capped at a day trip to France as being a foreign holiday. We have all heard stories about how tough the land lady's were and I am pleased to say Margate no longer is the but of jokes but often praised by articles in daily newspapers and glossy magazines about the quality of the Hotels that now abound in not only in Margate but all of Thanets Towns.
This weekend Margate is hosting the big Soul Weekend with bands and DJ's working the crowds and I am pleased to say this annual event now been going since 2002 and has gone from strength to strength. and this year has over forty bands and DJ's entertaining people over the Carnival Weekend.
Everyone loves a carnival and I expect the seafront and carnival route to be packed as the floats wend their way from Cliftonville to Westbrook which is a reversal of the normal route that I remember. I have been to dozens of carnivals over the years and so many people put so much into entertaining the supporters they all deserve medals.