In an attempt to push the life experience envelope further, we at Allatsea towers decided to do the weekly shop at Whitstable rather than in Margate (woaaAAAAH slow down impetuous fools you) this afternoon. Whitstable is known locally as Islington on Sea due to its large contingent of wealthy city folk wot have second homes there.
Twenty eight years ago, when Allatsea was a jobbing mariner serving out his ‘coastal’ period, Wittstibubble (as it was affectionately known then) was a regular port call with stone and packaged timber. It was a much rougher, struggling place then. It did have one famous resident however, Peter Cushing, the famous Hammer actor.
When he died in 1994 the London Luvvies turned up for the funeral and discovered the place. Wow, look at it now. Voted the most interesting High Street in Britain with 147 independent shops, a bustling seafront social scene and restaurants with 6 month waiting lists for bookings, a working harbour that manages to remain appealing and, thankfully, easy parking. Very nice folks, go there. It’s good. It’s Kent’s jewel in the crown.