The Ramsgate Town Team, with the help of volunteer, Chris Barton, have installed new artwork created by Ramsgate’s infant and junior schoolchildren on the Rainbow Steps today (April 19).
The team also weeded at the base of the steps to get the area ‘summer ready’ and filled eight bags of gardening waste and rubbish!
The children were asked to create pictures of colourful things in Ramsgate and these are in place ready for the town’s Rainbow Parade this Sunday (April 21).
The original artwork will be on show in Arts in Ramsgate, Harbour Street, over the next few weeks. The aluminium/Perspex weatherboards on the steps were printed by Expression Signs.
The steps were originally painted by Ramsgate Town Team and 30 volunteers in 2014 and have been repainted once since that time with volunteers from East Kent College and Friends of Ramsgate Seafront helping to brighten them up.
The Rainbow Parade on Sunday goes from the large Marina Esplanade Car Park at 2pm and will proceed along the promenade, past the new artwork on the steps and will finish at the obelisk just outside Wetherspoon. Everyone is welcome, just wear something colourful or come and cheer them on!
The same day there will also be a Ramsgate Easter event starting at 11am in Harbour Parade and including the Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair, the town team tent where you can find Joey the Clown, rainbow hat making (for the parade!) and face painting. Families can also go to the tent and collect an Easter egg after completing the Easter egg trail.
Looping the Loop will be joining the team with ‘Almost Alice and the Wonderland Wabbits’ and their MadVenturevan. There will also be a fundraising Rainbow Tea Room.
Town Team chairperson Rebekah Smith said: “The town team would like to thank Vattenfall for sponsoring the new artwork and of course, all the children and schools that joined in to make the colourful creations.”