29 Aug “HARBOUR STEAM” success!
The Steam Museum Trust held its first full scale event over the August bank holiday weekend in support of the Ramsgate Maritime Museum.
“HARBOUR STEAM” proved a huge success, with many more people than expected visiting Pier Yard to view the festivities which included visiting steam boats, a vintage fun fair, steam and vintage road vehicles, maritime working displays, and the resident steam tug CERVIA’s 1,000 H.P. triple expansion steam engine running under steam. All this was backed up by many other activities in and around the excellent Clock House museum in conjunction with the arts activites of the “Summer Squall” festival. The combined events attracted record crowds of an estimated nearly 20,000 people to the town.
Many residents commented that the weekend was reminiscent of the vanished atmosphere of the 1950’s, bringing a diverse crowd of people young and old to the Royal Harbour in numbers unseen for very many years. Let’s hope this is a positive start to the reinvigoration of the Museum and its surrounds, and for bigger and better events to follow…
From Cllr Clive Hart – Leader of Thanet District Council: