Invite to help Margate’s Maurice Morris celebrate 90th birthday

Maurice will be celebrating his 90th birthday Photo Frank Leppard

People are invited to help Margate’s Maurice Morris celebrate his 90th birthday.

Shirley Tomlinson, from Thanet’s Age UK, has arranged a party at the Greek Taverna in Westgate to mark the milestone.

Instantly recognisable as a Margate fixture, Maurice has lived his entire life in the town and is a familiar figure to many.

From the 1950s to 1990s Maurice worked in various roles at Dreamland, including as an usher at the cinema.

It is understood he was an extra in sketches for the Marty Feldman Show.

Photo via Carl Hudson

A regular at the Margate carnival and known for delivering local papers in recent years, Maurice is a much loved resident of Dane Valley. In 2017 he was presented a Dane Valley citizen award in a scheme launched by the then-ward councillors.

The birthday bash is on Tuesday, October 18 from 6.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and include meze, cabaret and music. They can be bought from the Age UK charity shop at 13-15 High Street, Margate, cash only.

The Greek Taverna is at 39 Canterbury Road.

Maurice at this year’s carnival Photo Frank Leppard

An appeal is also being made for help to find Maurice’s wallet which he lost at the weekend between Dane Valley and Margate High Street .

It had £20, a store card and his upcoming birthday ticket and other items inside.

If found please hand in at the Thanet Age UK shop.


  1. I’ve known of Maurice since the late 50s when he was often selling evening newspapers on the steps of Dreamland cinema. (Who remembers the Evening Standard?). Well done young man, have a great day, you deserve it.

    • Oh yes, certainly do and Morris Morris from Dreamland days. Can’t believe he is going to be 90!!! Happy birthday Morris🎂💝💐🎂

  2. I went to a 90th birthday party a little while ago but left after about half an hour, I couldn’t stand the noisy music, and very large people dancing!

  3. I will be there I have known Morris for many many years he us a fixture of Margate and should be made a freeman of Margate

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