My post on Broadstairs Folk Week attracted a lot of comments. I am pleased my correspondent Matt was correct that there may be plans afoot to move the festival. The Isle of Thanet Gazette picked up on this and in Friday's paper wrote:
Jo Tuffs, Broadstairs Folk Festival Director said: 'The festival committee would meet in September to...decide whether it is viable to continue to hold the festival in the town'. 'Rumours this could be the last Folk Week in Broadstairs have not been ruled out'
Interesting that neither myself as a councillor nor Cllr. Chris Wells who is far more familiar with Broadstairs had heard of this. It shows the value of being able to blog as a councillor. I am grateful to Matt for the story. My picture is of the Hobby Horse Club which went down a storm with the children all week I am told. Thanks to Louise for the picture.
I had the nice experience as a blogger of several of my non-politically minded friends asking about this story, many had heard about the proposal on this blog via word of mouth. They all wanted the Folk Festival to stay in the heart of Broadstairs. I agree. I visited on Friday and the town was buzzing. I had heard reports that Thanet Council was struggling with the rubbish collection. There were several employees trying to keep up with all the waste being generated. Bins were overflowing and people were leaving empty cans, bottles and bags of rubbish next to the bins.
This is a difficult thing for Councils to manage as good weather increases crowds and can overwhelm the best laid plans. I think there should be plans to cope with this. I have seen the same problem happen in Ramsgate. Every time this happens it means visitors go home with a negative piece of information in their memories.We cannot blame the minority of people who are thoughtless. We have to manage what happens when tourists come and spend thousands of pounds.
Trying to find a place to eat many of the restaurants were booked up all night long with several sittings. I ended up booking in at Porto Vecchio (Pulcinella) Pizzeria in Harbour Street. The food was fine but the serice was dire. We were pushed to order as soon as arriving. The waitress would not just take a drinks order whilst we considered our food choice, three times we were hovered over to have our drinks and food order taken together. Then the food started to arrive piecemeal as it was cooked, rather than altogether as you would expect, and we were having to ask if they had remembered this or that.
The whole experience was rushed, forced almost, and not what you expect from a restaurant. It was only half full but clearly the priority was to get people in and out as quick as possible to increase turnover.Perhaps they thought we were just visitors for Folk Week, but as locals we will not be back.