Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Friday, 31 October 2008

A Skinhead day at the sea side 1981.

Many seaside towns are warmly remembered in the annals of history by the Party Political conference seasons and the political events that happened at the time. Margate on the otherhand had Bank Holiday Monday. When hoards of youth cults would descend on the town with the different factions clashing on the sea front causing mayhem.
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.

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