It's official! The Anthea Turner Centre is coming to Ramsgate, the Millionaires' Playground!
Kent County Council announced this morning that the latest estimate for building the flagship arts centre in the North Sea, somewhere off Arsongate, had jumped from £30m (up from £20m just a few months ago), to a whopping £50m. And the contractors could not guarantee that it would stop at that, or that the thing wouldn't float away and sink, taking a number of priceless paintings with it. A test pylon they implanted in the sea bed on the proposed site last year blew down within 24 hours, as did Margate Pier, which was in exactly the same spot, in 1979.
The decision has therefore been taken to relocate the centre, and, of course, Ramsgate, home of art-loving millionaires, is the obvious candidate. I shall telephone Elton with the good news immediately.