I read Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson stating her confidence in security arrangements at the Winter gardens in this week’s Your Thanet. She seemed somewhat sensitive to criticism though, and rather anxious in her comments. She has a lot on her mind with a big event coming up.
Margate Mayor Cllr. Brian Sullivan and his wife Karen, who is also a councillor, have discharged their duties in a courteous and dignified fashion through the last year. I see though that Brian is taking no chances with the arrangements for his retiring ball at the Winter Gardens tomorrow night.
First, invited guests have been encouraged to wear military flak jackets and steel helmets (chains of office optional) and other Second World war memorabilia. This is just in case it all kicks off again at his special demob dinner and dance. Security staff will be manning the entrances ready to turn away any undesirable characters attempting to enter the annual charter trustee event. The Thanet councillors who make up the Margate charter trustees have had a stormy year.
Second, Brian is fortunate in having security expert Cllr. Ted Watt-Ruffell as deputy Mayor. Ted has a particular knowledge of local licensed premises through his day job, and knows all about the kind of problems that can arise. A regular user of CCTV he is just the man to address any drunk turning up demanding to be let in, saying "Do you know who I am?"
Third, the director of Thanet Leisure Force stated last week “if we have to employ bouncers that’s what we will do, we will have a zero tolerance with drunken anti social behaviour”.