Margate will be welcoming hundreds of visitors from the Sierra Leone community for the carnival weekend (Saturday 5th August).
The trip will bring people to the area from all over the country and has been organised by a community group from London, who have been working with Thanet Council over the last few weeks to ensure that the day trip is enjoyable for everyone.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said:
"To have so many people heading for Margate for our Carnival Weekend is excellent news for the town. It's a great boost for our local economy and traders in the town. It's no surprise that this group is heading for Margate, as we have so much to offer visitors, from our award winning Main Sands, which showcase the beauty of Thanet, to fun for all the family at Dreamland. Alongside that, this weekend will see a fantastic line up of free events, including bands, a free fall parachute drop, funfair and a continental market on the harbour arm.
He added: "This is an excellent opportunity to remind everyone, both residents and all those who visit Thanet that we want to keep the area looking at its best. That's why we launched the Thanet is Beautiful campaign, to remind people to take pride in our area and not drop litter. As we head into a busy summer weekend, it's even more important that we all work together to keep Thanet beautiful and ensure that we either put our rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with us. We shouldn't be leaving anything on our beautiful beaches, except footprints."
Hooray… and I’ll try and take some photos of the same footprints when I fly over on Sunday afternoon with a message from one of our local sponsors!