Guest blog by Margate Central Councillor Iris Johnston, do watch at least the first 2 minutes of the video.
Many residents thought it was an April Fool's joke when we heard the BBC were coming to film Margate on 1st April. Others groaned and thought ‘More shots of closed shops despite the Governments 40 million into the area’ However we were all very pleasantly surprised.
I understand the presenters, Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakely, arrived by helicopter into Hartsdown Park and I got to speak to them as they wandered through the town. They were absolutely lovely with everyone they met and chose several people to dress up in Easter Costumes. They ended up in the Old Town meeting the Mayor and Mayoress Mick and Shirley Tomlinson who ‘loaned’ the carnival float for the day and presented a prize for the best costume.
It was very good for them to see Margate bright and sunny and my long requested spring clean of the town before the holiday season was implemented just in time. The programme is expected to go out on Monday evening and they took away a Kiss me Quick hat and bucket and spade I gave them from Teresa on the sea front.
A special thanks to Richard Spillett at the Isle of Thanet Gazette who went around the traders the day before with leaflets advising of the visit and to everyone who participated. Good fun and cheered everyone up!
To continue the good cheer here's my granddaughter Niamh shaking her beautiful booty to KC and the Sunshine Band Best Easter wishes Iris