‘Chariots of Fire’ plaque unveiled in Broadstairs

Mayor Peter Shaw with the plaque Photo Frank Leppard

An unveiling of a blue plaque in honour of the 1924 Olympic Games athletes who stayed at a Broadstairs hotel has taken place today (June 29).

The plaque was officially unveiled at the former Carlton Hotel in Victoria Parade  by Broadstairs mayor Peter Shaw as part of a day of events marking the town’s place in  the Olympic team’s history.

The event also included a presentation, film script raffle and a screening of the film at The Palace Cinema.

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A re-enactment of the Chariots of Fire race took place on the beach at 3pm.

It is the culmination of several years’ work to uncover the evidence linking the 1924 athletics team to the property.

Find the full story behind the research here


  1. David and I were proud to have been asked to film the event yesterday. Both the plaque unveiling, following a moving speech by Anne Ammundsen, the great-granddaughter of the original builder of the Carlton Hotel. Plus, the re-enactment of the Chariots of Fire beach run, together with the kind hospitality of the Broadstairs Sailing Club, ending the day with the film, all made it a very special day. .

  2. Thank you Angela for your kind words. It was indeed a special day and we are really looking forward to seeing your film. You and David had lovely ideas to align it all with the Chariots of Fire original. It will form a very special record of a special day. Thank you to you both for all your many kindnesses.

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