Harbour Day on Saturday 11th August 2018 promises to be the best ever!
The harbour will be packed with boats and Margate's deep water lifeboat will be on display. Visitors will be able to use the new pontoon to go aboard the powerful coastal patrol boats used by the Border Force and the Inshore Fisheries Authority.
A full day's programme, starting at 10.30am, includes brass bands, a children's drama, a choir and fancy dress with traditional barges and smacks racing offshore.
Water pollution, plastics, coastal management and oyster farming are some of the themes of the 40 stalls that will be lining the quays. Ropework, marine art, beach scavenging and radio controlled model boats, are other activities for visitors to try. The emergency services will be focusing on rescue at sea and there will be opportunities for visitors to explore their family's maritime heritage.
A live radio programme will be broadcast from the event and a free 36-page souvenir programme is in preparation. About 150 volunteers from Whitstable, the harbour community and neighbouring towns will be helping on the day.
'This is the third major project being undertaken by the charity, Whitstable Maritime,' said Gordon Vincent who leads the planning team, 'the other two being the restoration of local historic craft and the creation of an interactive coastal trail from Whitstable to Faversham. As a young charity we welcome new volunteers.'