I have taken this picture from this week's Thanet Extra. It is a picture of Margate Renewal Partnership, with the help of 'Our Leader', launching their latest taxpayer funded initiative to attract businesses to Margate; the 'This is Margate' campaign.
If your eyesight is a little poor let me tell you what the 'key phrases' used to highlight the town's key selling points' are:
ROLL UP ROLL UP!
WISH YOU WERE HERE!
KISS ME QUICK!
IT'S A SHORE THING!
BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE!
CATCH OF THE DAY!
I am now thoroughly confused. What happened to the genteel arty-farty cultural image and the sophisticated cafe society that TDC has been telling us about for the last 2 years.Weren't these to be the saving of derelict Margate?
These key phrases seem reminiscent of the past. I thought we had shed the image of crowds of vulgar Londoners wearing 'kiss me quick hats' wandering down Marine Terrace nibbling jellied eels and swigging lager from cans as they visit our God given beach, closed Dreamland, closed Cinema, closed Bingo and closed shops by the score. I even heard a Tory TDC Cllr at a Planning Committe meeting say 'that we did not want to attract this sort of tourist'!
Anyway, if you want to know more about how David Kinnear, and Derek Harding are spending tax-payer's money on this new campaign, go to http://www.thisismargate.co.uk/ .
I must share with you this 'gem' from the same Thanet Extra article. It quoted Neil Sint (Managing Partner of Sint & Co who manage the half empty Regal Walk Shopping Arcade) as follows: "High Street retailers are getting more opportunities to locate here .....".
You bet there are more opportunities, Mr Sint. There have never been so many closed shops, sorry, 'opportunities', in and around Margate in its history and here's just one of them. Plenty of opportunity around if you don't ask the question 'Why have so many businesses closed?
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