Within a few weeks stories will be popping up for the anniversary of the Viking ship " Hugin" landing at Broadstairs on 28th July 1949. The event attracted 30,000 people including the Crown Prince of Denmark who welcomed the crew of 40 bearded Vikings.
The local media covered the event and some stunning photography was taken. One of the finest collections of photographs of the event I have ever seen was taken by Sumbeam Photograph Ltd of Sweyn Road, Margate. In fact my profile picture is a copy from that collection and was taken outside Broadstairs Harbour from a boat as the Viking ship approached the shore , the collection belongs to Thanet District Council.
At this moment in time the collection of photographs is on a shelf gathering dust in the closed Margate Museum amongst the rest of the Sunbeam collection which is a shame.
While on the subject of Vikings, Sweyn Road the base of Sumbeam Photographs was named after Sweyn Forkbeard the Viking Danish King of the latter part of the 10th century who conquered England before dying suddenly in 1014. Just thought I'll chuck that one in.