With the latest figures showing the number of empty shops in Ramsgate up from 12.5% to 16.4%, I thought I'd take a toddle around the Millionaires' Playground and assess the damage.
Here on the swish south side of the island we're not as badly off as the seedy north side, where Margate has almost 30% of its retail outlets boarded up. But I did notice one or two outlets have vanished from the scene. I can't think why people wouldn't have wanted a windy milk shake:
I'm not sure if their Boredstares branch has closed too. If it hasn't it probably will shortly along with all the other shops there, if the nuff-nuffs at Kent Highways, who are digging up the high street for the third time in a year, get their way.
It's not all doom and gloom in Ramsgate though. A few things that have popped up in the last six months or so, including this east European food-cum-hairdressers dubbed Baltic Branch:
A nosh shop next to a barbers eh? I tried the haircut, which was excellent, but I passed on the pies. And where else could you see a set of massive, yellow fart farm piles at the end of your shopping trip?