Photos: Coronation chickens, a parade, party food and more

Coronation fun in Ramsgate Photo Cemanthe McKenzie

Coronation fun continued yesterday (May 7) with Ramsgate holding a parade and street party alongside stalls, music, fair and other fun.

The parade was in partnership with Great British Carnival and Teresa Askew, Samba Bands, composer Emily Peasgood, the Ramsgate Town Council team and promoter Rebekah Smith, Mr Ramsgate aka Ralph Hoult.

Photo Ann Louise

Great British Carnival is a small ,not for profit run by Teresa and Frank Sweeney. The company mission is ‘unleashing the power of carnival arts to bring people together to create joy.’ GBC raises its own funds and receives occasional commissions.

Cllr Becky Wing and a Coronation chicken

In November GBC started community drumming project Samba Ya Wantsum as part of the development work for Safe Harbour, the winter lantern parade.

Photo Louis McLaren

Some 200 children were invited to a tea party following the parade which included regal jellies , made from the blackberries and rhubarb on a local allotment, The Modern Boulangerie treated Ramsgate to delicious Victoria Sandwich cake and there were goodies offered by new project ‘Local Meals Made With Love’ run by Sharon Goodyer.

Photo Raushan Ara

Ramsgate Carnival Court and Minster princesses were also in attendance.

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Fun across the isle included street parties, town and parish council organised events and more.

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Today (Bank Holiday Monday) there are even more events to enjoy.

In Broadstairs The Inspiration Creative Signing Choir opened the day’s proceedings with a performance on the bandstand at 11am. There will be half hourly intervals by local groups such as the Dickens Declaimers, Folk Week and the St Peter’s Village Tour who will all give a taster of the events to be enjoyed in the town over the summer.

As part of the King’s Big Help Out theme, local voluntary organisations will be set up in Victoria Gardens to give information about what they do and to attract new volunteer and participants.

Finally, to round off the weekend, regular bandstand favourites Charlie Don’t Surf will delight the crowds between 2pm – 5pm.

On Ramsgate seafront the market runs from 11am-4pm, funfair from 10am to 5pm, 11am-1pm the Big Help Out litter pick on Ramsgate main sands and 1pm-7pm live music on the seafront stage.

Rise Up Clean Up in Margate are partnering with Kent Coast Volunteering to put on a beach clean as part of the Big Help Out. It takes place on Margate main sands from 4pm-5pm, meeting at the blue and white striped beach hut opposite Dreamland and volunteers to take part will be welcomed. Under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.


  1. Just a shame the union flag at ramsgate harbour is upside down. Why cant the British public know the correct way to fly the union flag. I dont understand it.

  2. Well done to the organisers of this weekend, you did Ramsgate proud. It is a huge amount of hard work and it was a wonderful weekend. We are all grateful to you.

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