Saturday, 12 November 2011

The Queen's visit to Margate

The Royal couple came to the town, following an invite from Turner Contemporary, and started their visit in the Old Town to see the regeneration that has taken place there. They were greeted by civic leaders, including the Chairman of the Council, Cllr. Doug Clark, Chief Executive Sue McGonigal, and Community Services Manager, Madeline Homer, and then met local traders.

They were then taken on a short tour of the area. During it, The Queen visited the Cupcake Cafe and then met community representatives and veterans, who had just taken part in the Remembrance Day commemorations in Market Place.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh then met with some of the thousands of people who had come to see them to the sound of loud cheers.

Before they departed, heading for their next engagement at Turner Contemporary, they received a posy of flowers from Harrison Armer, who was celebrating his 11th birthday on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year.

The Royal visit continued with a lunch at Turner Contemporary, where they also saw some of the gallery's highlights, met Margate born artist Tracey Emin and unveiled a plaque, commemorating their visit to the town.

Their final stop was to the RNLI Margate, where they met with staff and volunteers, before leaving the area.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: "It's been absolutely brilliant today and it's made me feel really proud to represent the town. I thought the Old Town looked at its best today and fully justified the faith we've had in it over the years. It's a positive demonstration of the regeneration effect of the Turner Contemporary.

"I think our staff have gone above and beyond, as we expected they would, because they always do. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of them for all the hard work they've put into making this visit such a great success for the area."

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