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Thank you Margate!

A big thank you to everyone who made it along to our gathering at the ex-Woolworth’s building in Margate High Street last night, it was an amazing night.

The many positive comments and offers of help from everyone who joined us have been really inspiring.

The ideas wall was brilliant and we will now be taking it with us wherever we go to show people how passionate Margate is about its High Street!

To everyone who turned out on a grey night, thank you for your time. If you didn’t leave us contact details do send us an email to info AT margatetownteam.org.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. For those of you, and there were many, who did leave us details, we’ll be in touch to double check what you were interested in getting more information on.

For those of you who weren’t there and haven’t caught up with some of the comments online, the Queen of Shops, Mary Portas also joined us with a TV crew from Optomen TV. They are planning on making a programme about the High Street and we are working with them to decide what our involvement will be. We are keen to benefit from the expertise and ideas that Mary has to regenerate Margate but need to be mindful of the need for us to be able to get to work on the aims identified in our bid.

Here’s what Mary had to say: http://margateneverruns.com/post/24976748215/mary-portas-talks-to-margate with transcript and video.

As we have more news about this, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you have any photos or short videos of the event, we have a Margate Town Team group in flickr that you can upload to.

Finally, the Oscars bit of the speech…

Thank you to the building’s owners for letting us use Woolworths – amazing space – free of charge (let’s hope it’s not long before it’s open again permanently).

Thank you to Jamie Moore for the live music, Kapo, Mandy and Gavin with their  vintage Dreamland ice-cream bike, thank you to everyone who helped clean up, set up and take down the market stalls. Thank you really to everyone who helped. Thank you for coming down, thank you for your support. You know who you are!

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Press Release 13th June 2012


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We are so delighted here at Margate Town Team that Margate has been chosen as one of the first 12 towns in the UK to become one of the so called ‘Portas Pilot Towns’. The successful bids were announced on Saturday the 26th of May, with Margate Town Team being awarded the maximum allocation of £100,000 funding.

Our bid was singled out by the Government for its aims to bring enjoyment, education and creativity to the High Street, along with projects to foster enterprise, provide opportunities for young people through pop-up shops, job clubs and have a go markets.

We’re now working to set priorities from the successful bid and looking forward to welcoming Mary and her team back to Margate. We’d like to invite anyone with ideas and who would like to get involved to contact us. Send us an email: info@margatetownteam.org.uk

We’re waiting for next instructions from Government, so in the meantime we know the people of Margate want to know more and how to get involved, so we’re setting up a series of drop in info points in shops around Margate . None of this costing a penny and all done on good will of everyone involved. All very DIY! You can be rest assured we haven’t got any funds yet and we won’t be spending the precious prize on things we can organise ourselves. We will also be shortly announcing the date and venue of a public Town Team meeting in Margate that everyone who is interested can come along to.

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