Saturday, November 29, 2008

Does Bob Like Margate?

Reader Simon writes:

Dear ECR, I thought you'd like first dibs at these snaps I took of Sir Bob Geldof turning on Margate's Christmas lights earlier. There were hundreds of people there, Bob did quite a good job of sending himself and Margate up, calling it his 'penance' for describing the place as a 'dump', and asking whether the 'illuminations' had been bought from Woolies. Needless to say, Sandy was never more than a few feet from him, trying his hardest to bathe in some sort of reflected glory! There's also a short clip of his speech for you.







23 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL he responded to the head of Hartsdown College's statement that his (Bob's) famous comment about Margate being ugly was 'a slap in the face for the kids of Margate' to the effect that 'the kids of Margate hadn't been slapped enough'!

Anonymous said...

The last two pictures sort of sum up the situation here in Margate. In the middle of the crowd is Clive Hart (in red), the real voice of local people in Margate and swanking around up front and trying to be important is Sandy Ezekiel. Surprise, surprise, Mrs Ezekiel apparently organised the non-political event.

Anonymous said...

Who's that tall b*stard just to the right of Clive in the crowd shot?

Anonymous said...

Its not one of those ugly bastard shell ladies trying to communicate with its queen is it?

Soon the main sands will be littered with face hugging shell ladies, in Margate no one will hear you scream!!???

Bertie Biggles said...

I am really impressed with the speed of getting the pics and short clip onto the blog, Dickie. An IT type of Cllr chap, your Simon? Congrats! Most enjoyable.

Eastcliff Richard said...

Er, don't think it was that Simon, Bertie!

He's written his own version (see the sidebar).

Anonymous said...

oh come on it was great,loads of people turned out having a fab time and well done to ELI from west coast for putting on a fab band and show,it was great and the fireworks were wonderful and the decorations in margate are second to none
\\\lily

Anonymous said...

Hi ECR - what a wonderful opportunity this story of yours gives to the sneering, green eyed, nobodies who frequent your blog to rubbish anything positive that ever happens to our town.

This has been a good week for Margate, and for the very few who cannot stand to see anybody but themselves having any kind of success, it must be gut wrenchingly awful to realise that there are people other than themselves who are sincerely trying to make things better, and having great success.

So, to the collective irrelevant morons of your blog, crawl back up your own backsides and fester there until heel freezes over. Which under the socialist repressive dictatorship like we are fast becoming, could be sooner than we think.

Anonymous said...

Yes it's great for Margate, all the closed shops were of course filled to the brim!

Margate is dead, killed by this council.

If you disagree, then have a wander around the streets and look at all the closed shops!

Don't care what old bollocks you spout, the shops are shut!

Anonymous said...

Go back to your cave, if risks with the way we do things weren't taken thats where you'd still be living. Evolution takes time and Margate will evolve.

Anonymous said...

Well, 9:34, I personally thought this was a positive story about Margate. If that's where you mean by 'our town'.

Of course, if that's the collective view of people in 'your town', it's not very surprising that it bears every resemblance to a shit heap, is it?

Anonymous said...

The event's real highlight was Sandy being boo-ed heartily by all and sundry. Democracy in action!

Anonymous said...

There is so much more to a town than open shops.

Anonymous said...

Apology accepted Bob.

Anonymous said...

Yer couldnt make it meself but have heard from those that were there that Mrs E was bossing everyone around and not letting anyone get close and also that Sandy got booed!

Anonymous said...

I was there and to be fair I did not hear anyone booing Sandy although the woman next to me was mutterring 'there's that Sandy Ezekeil, I don't like him' to her friends.

What worries me as a Ramsgatonian is that Margate seems to be getting all the 'jollies' and Ramsgate gets SFA. This was rumoured to have cost £20,000 (not including Bob who apparently gave his time for free).

Has anyone done an FOI to the council asking how much money has been spent on Margate compared to Ramsgate over the past five years?

Anonymous said...

What is that strange blue ribbon hanging from Ezekiel's belt? Couldn't be a pyjama cord, surely? Ezekiel was booed? Really?

Eastcliff Richard said...

It's the lining of his velour suit.

Anonymous said...

how can you be so nice about geldop the the sop who is taking our cash from kenttv and is using it to push his own politascal messages using our money

Anonymous said...

Shame that the Thanet Life version has to come with references to all the frightfully important people the "Doc" knows - amazing he hasn't been able to incorporate all his famous ancestors as well - and one or two blue political jibes. He can't help himself...and he's back!

Anonymous said...

Who cares what Bob likes?

Anonymous said...

Are the Ezekiels going for a double act now? It would appear Mrs E is following Mr E with a Standards complaint against a former Mayor. Seems the poor love claims she was bullied in the office, speaks volumes that the Charter Trustees have ignored it, perhaps they realised the implications behind it, and the fact it came out after the Winter Gardens fiasco

Anonymous said...

Geddoff is right about Margit ..................... It IS ugly.