Live music, circus acts and a giant musical dragon will be just some of the entertainments at a festival to celebrate the work of the Cliftonville West Renewal Area.
Tom Thumb Theate Margate
The free event, to be held on Saturday 20th May on the green between Newgate Promenade and Ethelbert Crescent from 10.00am to 4.00pm, marks the first anniversary of the Renewal Area team and will showcase the variety of projects that are making Cliftonville a better place to live. 'Magic what a difference a year makes' is funded by Thanet District Council and will feature live magic, circus acts from Kent Circus School and street dance and music from local group D-expressions.
Eastcliff Richard has been asked to loan his giant mechanical seagull from Ramsgate.
Face painters and fun rides will keep children entertained and there will be a food and drink available on the day. Visitors will be able to get information from local community groups and find out more about activities in their area.
The Renewal Area was launched in May 2005 with the aim of improving housing and environmental conditions in the area, after research showed Cliftonville West suffers some of the highest rates of unfit and non-decent homes in south east England. Over 75 Renewal Area Grants have been given out to homeowners and landlords to improve the appearance of their properties and homeowners have contributed almost £60,000 of their own money. The Renewal Area has supported a range of community projects in 2006/07, including the renovation of Dalby Square, maintenance of the Memorial Gardens in Trinity Square, the Newgate Gap Project with excluded young people and several alleygating schemes.