I know that Tony Flaig, in his weblog, speculated that oil exploration might be taking place in the waters off Margate but from where I’m standing it looks as if the War of The Worlds has started, with one of the Martian machines just about to blast the Rendezvous car park with its death ray!
Today should have involved a visit to the “Goodwood Revival” but with the weather we’ve had over the weekend, it’s the revival that will need reviving, as I assume visitor numbers will have been badly affected.
Given the hottest July on record and the gloomiest August since 1986, it must have been a mixed bag for the tourist industry in Thanet and I rather wonder what takings were like in Margate, with very little now left to bring-in the numbers of visitors that packed the beaches in previous years.
From the air at least, there have been some days when the beaches have been busy but not as I remember them from before and through August, there were some days when I looked down and they were nearly deserted, with Broadstairs being the only spot I’ve seen with a consistent density of people on the sands.
With a great deal of effort on the part of the council to try and bring in visitors, was this a good summer for Thanet or not? What’s your verdict?