I think they must have looked far more spectacular when it got dark and the floats were illuminated but we really didn't want to wait around for nightfall. Hopefully you get a sense of the wonderful fun atmosphere from this random selection
The Samba Pelo Mar drum group - Whitstable's community Samba Band. The lady in the middle dressed in blue (Margaret) is a fellow member of our Bowls Club
The Mary Poppins 'crew' on dry land
and on the Water
It was nice that some of the 'rowers' got in on the act as well, these were towing the Dr Who float which was one of the 'best decorated' in my opinion. They were raising funds for the Alison Wiltshire Trust. Alison Wiltshire was a local GP in Hythe who died from cancer early this year and her family have set up a Trust to raise funds for local enterprises.
Getting into the spirit of things - looks like mademoiselle is ¾ of the way through that bottle of Spitfire (a potent beer from local Shepherd Neame brewery)!
RNLI - our brave lifeboat men
You can see how busy it became which is partly why we decided to 'escape' the Town early even though we missed the fireworks and illuminations
Best seats in the house went to the local dignitaries, including the Mayors of the Cinque Ports (those in red robes and ceremonial chains). The Cinque Ports are historic coastal towns which were granted Royal status in the 13th Century for defending the English coastline. (Ironic that they used 'cinque' for 'five' as we were probably defending the coast from the French more than anyone else) LOL
There are other towns included in the confederation but the main towns/ports are Hastings, New Romney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich
Bu**er ..... they put the goodies behind metal fencing to keep us commoners out !!
Time for an hour of work on the gorilla and then I'm bowling this afternoon and tonight ....