This murky scene sums up the situation in just a few watering holes in Thanet tonight with Christmas less than two weeks away. The Swan in Westgate was the quietest I have seen it, ever; The Nottingham Castle closed at 10pm with just 6 customers since 4pm and The Wig & Pen was shut in Margate Old Town as Bertie was driven home 45 minutes ago.
This ominous quiet on a Friday night does not portend well for the future.
A post script: A reader has e-mailed that rumour has it that Cummins is laying staff off as orders shrink for generators. Not good news if this is true as they have become over the years a major employer f/t and p/t of over 400, mainly Thanet based, employees.
Some old Ramsgate pictures, another Manston Airport DCO update, some thoughts on regeneration funding. - Click on pictures to enlarge, this is Olby's in King Street Ramsgate before they built their new building that became Blockbuster and then Morrison's It'...
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