Take a journey through Ramsgate’s past with Ralph Hoult

Ralph Hoult

Take a trip down memory lane with Mr Ramsgate -aka Ralph Hoult.

The 74 year old, who was made an OBE in the New Year Honours List, has an impressive collection of historical photos, footage and postcards and a wealth of knowledge about the ton’s past.

Among the many events he has lined up for this year are his memory lane and Best of Ramsgate talks.

The first takes place on Sunday (February 4) at St Ethelbert’s Parish Hall, Hereson Road. Organised by the Thanet Community Support Partnership, in partnership with the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival, Ralph will take a “Trip down Memory Lane”, depicting the Ramsgate of yesteryear.

There will also be a chance for older people to discover the services and opportunities available in Thanet with representatives of the Thanet Community Support Partnership and other local charitable and community organisations on hand to answer your questions, connect you up with the services you need, and open up access to the wide variety of leisure, social, educational and volunteering opportunities on offer around Thanet.

Admission is £1 for over 50s / £2 for under 50s – including refreshments.

On Thursday, February 8 at St Laurence Church Hall from 7.30pm Ralph gives a -Best of Ramsgate talk.

The subject will be the Palace Theatre built in the High Street in 1863 by Lord George Sanger, creator of the Dreamland predecessor Hall by the Sea.

The following Thursday (February 15) at Custom House from 7.30pm the focus will be the Royal Victoria Pavilion’s history as a theatre after it was opened by Princess Louise in 1904. The theatre gained its name after Princess Louise’s mum Queen Victoria,

Princess Louise spent many holidays in Ramsgate with her mother, Queen Victoria. Both talks are £3.50 each