Ramsgate music entrepreneur and Westgate Pavilion lessee Kevin Crace has just sent me this email:
Hope you are well.
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, Westgate Pavilion has ceased trading today with immediate effect.
I will pop a press release out over the coming days, but if you want a quick update, please feel free to call me.
Sad news indeed. Kevin, who also recently reopened the St James Bar here in the Millionaires' Playground, saved the Westgate Shed, er, Pavilion for the Thanet nation back in October 2008. Now it appears to be facing an uncertain future again.
Still, it's not all bad news for God's-Waiting-Room-on-Sea as I hear Medb (pronounced 'Maeve') Films have upped sticks from their Royal Harbour Hotel home here in Ramsgate and relocated to Westgate. Let's hope the local crumblies can stand the excitement of spotting slebs like Paul McGann, Brenda Blethyn and Bobbo Skins walking up the red carpet outside the Carlton Cinema!
Update: Thanet Council has now put out a press release confirming the closure of Westgate Pavilion, pending a new tenant being found. Click here for more.