Ahoy shipmates, it’s one of the clock.



Hot hot hot off the press

POPULAR documentary series Coast will film in Margate next Thursday.

Presenter Nicholas Crane is due to arrive with crews where it is thought the team will discuss Margate’s use of bathing machines.

The device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, allowed people to change out of their usual clothes, and then wade in the sea at beaches.

The series, which is also presented by historian Neil Oliver, explores the coast of the British Isles and beyond. This will be its 9th series.

Margate last appeared on the programme in 2010.


So, if the cameras are coming to town, time to put on our best frocks and show the town to its best. Fortuitously the ‘Time Ball’ is back in use, much fanfare and mutual backslapping by the usual suspects at its ‘official, dignity drenched’ opening the other week  bringing traffic chaos to the town (AGAIN) which the BBC team are bound to want to see.  For years and years we at the towers have been wondering what all those ships were doing anchoring off of the Main Sands. Waiting to set their digital chronometers (accurate to a hundredth of a sidereal second every 100 years) by the anachronistic bollocks  atop the clock tower it seems. Well bless our souls. Now we know. Thank you Margate Civic society for propelling  the town into contemporary Britain.

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