Thursday, December 02, 2010

Margate Parade and Westgate Lights and Fun Day Postponed

I've just heard from Phil Myhill that the Westgate lights and fun-day event has now been postponed until Saturday 18th December; a sensible decision considering the weather.

A note from Mick Tomlinson, the Mayor of Margate has also come winging in my direction. He writes:

"After some deliberation, the Mayor has reluctantly decided to cancel tomorrows Christmas Parade due to the weather. Kent Police have issued a warning that the weather will worsen this afternoon and overnight. The band that has been booked has advised us that it would not be able to get to Margate, and there is a strong possibility that if the weather did not improve, that the Schools would not be open, and the Students could not be expected to attend if the school was closed.

The Mayor feels that it would be a terrible shame for all the hard work that the students have put in to not be seen, and after discussion the Procession has been rescheduled for as a New Year Parade on January 7th at 17:00."

I'll keep readers informed here or by Twitter (@simonmoores) of anything else weather-related. The Thanet council offices will now close at 3pm this afternoon so that staff can get home safely.

Thanet District Council are 'Tweeting' updates on a regular basis and so if you use Twitter please follow them as 'ThanetCouncil.' If your'e a councillor of any party and are unfamiliar with the term then now's a good time to introduce yourself to the technology to save logging in and out of the council email system.


Anonymous said...

Simon I completely understand the need to postpone the event but I was shocked to see if postponed by over two weeks! Why was it pushed back so far, why not the 11th.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
I tried 'getting home' safely, but slipped on packed ice THREE times trying to navigate Albion Road in Birchington. This area has not been touched by grit or salt, and is a no go area for everyone until the TDC have done something there as promised. Also, what does not help is the slope in the pavement. Bad dangerous design.

DrM. said...

I can't immediately recall why the lights are the week after next but there was a reason. It's not my call, so best ask Cllr Tom King and the WWRA who do a fine job in organising the event each year!