Confirmation (if it was needed) today from the Marine Conservation Society that you're better off in Ramsgate if you want to avoid E. Coli this bank holiday weekend.
The MCS's 2009 Good Beach Guide describes Ramsgate Main Sands as 'an excellent family beach' which 'receives regular awards', and gives it the five star seal of approval borriewise. Hurrah! Contrast that with Margate, which failed to get a recommendation and could only manage a 'basic pass' for water quality, adjacent to the ominous words 'combined sewer overflow, tertiary discharge'. Yurgh! The MCS also had a downer on Viking Bay in Broadstairs, which the many people who have returned from a swim there only to find themselves fetching up with a touch of the old bubonic plague will no doubt testify to.
What with that and Ramsgate being the only Blue Flag beach of the three this year, plus today's forecast predicting a scorching weekend for the tip of Kent, you'd better get down to the Millionaires' Playground and grab your champagne sorbets before they're all gone!
Good Beach Guide 2009
Borries bring down the tone of Britain's beaches
Ramsgate gets the Blue Flag
Phew! It's going to be a scorcher!