Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Lightning Coach Tour of Margate

A comedic glimpse of Margate today, courtesy of reader, David Chamberlain, who writes to tell us that Marty Feldman's "Lightning Coach Tours" sketch from over thirty years ago, is available on Youtube.com.

Reminding us that Margate was once a tourist Mecca before the arrival of cheap airfares, it shows the pier we once had and even the Prospect Inn in all its glory.

No clip of Dreamalnd, sadly enough but it was very much a presence and I can still recall the excitement of a visit as a small boy, having saved enough to go on the dodgems or the scenic railway.

You won't see very much activity on this weblog until later in the week as I'm a little busy, so enjoy the "Lightning Coach Tour" and a glimpse of what once was and is no more!

9 comments:

stuart said...

The Prospect Inn is currently being demolished - for more housing!

Anonymous said...

I suppose this dates me somewhat, but I well remember Marty Feldman's comedy show and this famous sketch. The other one that was brought to mind was "The loneliness of the long distance golfer". Jammy Dodger - Birchington

sue said...

really enjoyed that. Thanks.

B of Birchington said...

Can tell I am old, I remember going on the pier. Happy Days.

Anonymous said...

I think you will find it isn't being demolished. I drive past it every day and it looks like its staying. Someone mentioned on here or elsewhere it was forming part of a new hotel.

www.doverpast.co.uk said...

It looks like the (art deco?) bit is being preserved

http://www.ukplanning.com/ukp/doc/Drawing-2757272.pdf?extension=.pdf&id=2757272&location=VOLUME2&contentType=application/pdf&pageCount=1

Anonymous said...

Yes, looking at the drawings its all staying. This was up for sale ages ago. Its good to see it being preserved as part of a new and bigger complex, the alternative would be it coming down eventually.

Anonymous said...

The long road of bungalows reminded me of Princess Margaret Avenue in Palm Bay; was it?

DrMoores said...

Quite right I'm told. Cliftonville it was!