Monday, 4 August 2014

Dahn to Margit





The mister and I took a wee trip down to Margate the Saturday before last. We haven't been for years, not least because it's a bloomin long drive. There was all sorts going on. I'm not quite sure what the ladies in red were up to, but we kept seeing flashes of scarlet all over town. Great fun.

The wide sandy bay was full of folk having a lovely British seasidey time. We joined in with the paddling and searched for the very best shells, we listened to the steel band on the beach, we ate some crab and cockles and had a good mooch about town. We visited the mysterious underground shell grotto, and bemoaned the lack of Donkeys on the beach, like you do.

All the seafront pubs and bars were full to capacity mainly with skinheads (of a certain age). No not bald men, but the now slightly elderly sub culture group. They all seemed in good spirits, thankfully.

The reason for the trip was to check out the Turner Contemporary, we had heard good things about it. A sensational building with uninterrupted serene sea views.

image e-architect.co.uk

It houses a world class gallery that is hoped will inspire, educate and excite visitors. And just perhaps, kick start a much needed regeneration.

Margate is quite an edgy place but I liked it. When Dreamland is returned to it's former glory in the next year or so it could tip the balance in it's favour and get holiday makers back to this neglected seaside town.

Perhaps the donkeys will return with them, I hope so.




13 comments:

  1. I'm sure I used to go as a child. Bembom brothers amusement park sticks in my head or am I just showing my age?

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  2. No, I think it was Bembom brothers, or so my husband tells me, and he's younger than me :)

    jean x

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  3. the ladies in red look interesting. I found this link-
    http://www.turnercontemporary.org/whats-on/00000001185/red-ladies-missions
    I went to Margate many many years ago and all I remember is the sole came off my shoe and I had to hobble around very unladylike!
    x

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    1. Thanks for the link Lyn, really kind.

      jean x

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  4. Never been - sounds like a good old fashioned seaside resort. I would like to visit the Turner Co temporary though - and I do like a bag of cockles. My only knowledge of Margate is through the Tracy Emin connection.

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    1. Yes, Tracy Emin is involved with the Turner Contemporary. i think it opened with an exhibition of her work.

      jean x

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  5. The Red Ladies had me intrigued so I had to google them :-) sounded very interesting, I have never been to Margate I always associate it with Del Boy and Rodney on there jolly boys outing.
    Looks like you had a great day out at the seaside.

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  6. I've never been, I would love to go to the Turner Contemporary, I will have to add it to my to do list :)

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  7. That does look like a brilliant outing! The ladies in red look fab, whatever they were there for : )

    Glad you had a lovely time x

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  8. Innit lahvly, Margit!
    When they've finished with Wayne Hemingway I hope they send him up north to work a bit of his magic - he's lovely too!

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  9. I am fascinated with the ‘ladies in red’ I wonder what they were up to – apart from knitting. I’ve just noticed Lyn has left a link, so I must go and see what it’s all about. Buy for now, Barbara.

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  10. I was born in ramsgate just around the corner, so margate holds precious childhood memories for me, this is a delightful post and "Dreamland" coming back you say! oh my goodness might be time for another visit soon!
    bestest d xxx

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  11. Beach donkey rides...oh! he memories!

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