Friday, 31 October 2008
Since the Mods and Rockers discovered Margate in 1964, Margate's venue as a best kept secret for a punch up was open to all. Whatever the cult they were nobody until they have made the national headlines at Margate. Earning notoriety there were many cults and I suppose the cult that stuck out the most and had the same reputation as the Daleks has to be Skinheads.
One such incident happened on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 1981, 200 rampaged through the town resulting in 27 youths and 1 girl appearing in court. Trouble started early afternoon when the group had gathered outside the railway station chanting "Sieg Heil" at the Police. Then it was "Remember Brixton, Riot!Riot!Riot! Kill the Black B*******! " as they started running through the town with clenched fists causing tourists to scatter in fear. One skinhead was arrested along the seafront for possessing a two foot piece of wood with four nails sticking out and many skinheads were arrested for threatening behaviour.
Appearing in court the following Thursday the total cost for a day out in Margate costs the skinheads £1,835 in fines and £425 in costs and warrants issued for the arrests of three skinheads who did not turn up.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
The pubs are turning out to close for the afternoon with rival punk and teddy boy gangs spilling out onto the seafront.
Following publicity in the Sun newspaper, the Teddy Boys were in town and were going to sort it out with the Punks on Margate Seafront following a series of highly publised punch ups in the Kings Road , London.
The Police are preventing the Punks from entering Dreamland to avoid any clashes with the Teds who are in the fairground. It appears from the photograph that somebody has over stepped the mark and is feeling the long arm of the law.
In the top right of the photograph the words Punk can be seen on a leather jacket. Central to the Photo there are also a couple of Johnny Rotten look a likes. Other points, is that only one person is wearing flares and the Police vechicle looks like a scouts bus.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
In the last week of January 1996 a series of strong Northerly gales hit our coastline with such ferocity demolishing the wartime Tongue Fort on the Tongue Sands and running aground a ship called the "Argus". The Tongue Fort up until that point was one of the oldest concrete structures in european waters, built during the second world war as a gun platform as part of a defence system. Very often visitors to the town would often mistake the structure as a oil rig seeing it boldly on the horizon on a clear day.
The "Argus" had run aground due to a power problem and was soon refloated with the aid of a tow. Within days of the "Argus" being refloated wooden planks from a wreck started to appear on the strand line. Indicating the "Argus" had past through a wooden inshore wreck.Each plank heavily iron stained which is a indicator that the carvel (wooden pegged) built vessel was carry quatities of iron.
There was a short period of calm, then came another north easterly gale. This time I was prepared and set out to follow the debris trail from Foreness Point to the Margate Jetty site looking for shipwreck planks. It was a bitter cold day and snowing when I took my son who was ten at the time for a treat to show him the ropes. The gale had blown strongly during the night and we expected to find some good finds.
We had done pretty well until we came to Newgate Gap, the site of the Pettman bathing station which once stood on the site as seen in the postcards. The sand had been stripped away down to bare chalk and protruding from the chalk was the stumps of the steel posts that once supported the bathing station. When the steel posts were driven into the chalk during construction the chalk shattered leaving a small crater like hole around the cut off stump still in the middle. The crater or hole, had filled up with sand and due to wave action metal items ended up being drawn into the hole. Using a trowel my son and I dug out the hole and found many coins in layers as we dug down to about 3 feet. Most of the coins were pre first world war and were more than likely lost by people using the bathing station at the time. In total we found 176 coins, the oldest being a 1889 Florin. Unfortunately finding coins do not have a historical significance, but the Pettman key fob I found did. The Pettman & Co Bathing at the time would hire out chalets and lockers for people to put their items in. The keys issued would have a fob attached offering the finder 2 shilling reward if found and returned. The fob pictured obverse and reverse is the one I found at the time which has been recently returned to me from the Margate Museum.
Monday, 20 October 2008
Seven photographs in the Sunbeam collection of the changing coastline between Epple Bay , Grenham Bay and the cliffs at Minnis Bay. Taken around 1958/59 they are copied from the Sunbeam collection in the Margate Museum. Without doubt these quality photographs are a natural history record of the Geological changes to the Chalk Cliffs in these areas compared to todays concrete sea defences. Some of these photographs may have appeared elsewhere but I have grouped the lot together for downloading.
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Friday, 3 October 2008
Unless TDC has given up ownership of the items in the Margate Museum to the Charity(EKMT) then there is nothing TDC can do but follow the Charity Commission guidelines. Somehow I do not beleive TDC would such a thing because firstly because their collection of art and artefacts are worth more than £500,000 plus all the records of items of art and artefacts in the Margate Museum are stored on CD's and kept in the TDC safe. So it can be assumed that TDC are the legal owners and they in fact paid a Charity (EKMT) to look after their collection.
This does raise a question to the ownership of donated items to the Margate Museum when the Museum was under charitable status, because the donor forms which are a legal agreement between the donor and the museum, states that the donation is to the Museum and not TDC or the EKMT.
This is something the Council's solicitors should really need to address, who are the legal owners of what ? before there there is any talk of removal.