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Beeping Bush Ltd
Screen South’s Community Film Network Partner for Kent & Medway
Thanet Archive Film Screening

27 - 28 Sep 2008

2 Days Laughter Image - a telly on stage

Over 280 people were present at the Thanet Archive Film Screening Weekend at The Community Pharmacy Gallery in Margate’s Old Town.

An eager queue formed for the Tupp’ny Rush at the 2pm Opening Screening. Over 180 mainly local visitors attended the Saturday screenings, where Whitstable film archivist, Tony Blake, kindly gave an additional Matinee presentation of his Evening Screening to the capacity crowd.

The atmosphere was both happy and sad as the audience, for the most part senior citizens, discussed common memories over free tea and biscuits. A dozen faces

Picture of the Theatre Royal Margate
watching the 1920’s alpine military skiing regatta

Visitors’ Quotes
returned the next day, with friends and family. One visitor brought in an old metal 16mm film canister, bought at a boot fair, with no idea of its content. Once projected, it proved to be silent footage of a 1920’s alpine military skiing regatta, in excellent condition.

Another visitor brought in a DVD of original photo stills of Thanet District Council’s insurance claim for the storm damage caused to Margate Seafront and Pier from 1953 and 1971.

Of the estimated total visitors over the weekend, approximately 250 were senior citizens, and about 20 were between the ages of 20 and 60 years;  5 teenagers accompanied their parents/grandparents and 5 younger children attended, whose boredom was only relieved by the abundance of jammy dodgers.

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An excellent presentation. A perfect location. Thoroughly informative, enjoyable, with the perfect ambience!! Cheryl Denman

What a wonderful afternoon of film, presented by such friendly, informal staff who (together with the free refreshments!) really did make the session such a greatly appreciated success – Well done all!

I loved this show. And free! and friendly! I knew my memories must be right, but time had made me doubt them. Steve Cope

My family has run a business ion Thanet for 35 years. Part of which was selling postcards of the south of England. The film brought back memories of working on the seafront as a boy in the early ‘60s. We used to sell 3,000,000 postcards a year then!! Keith Eliott

Very good show. Also, a good chance to make contacts for more research – Well done!
Brian Stracey