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Wonderful Days - a Memory of Westgate on Sea.

We spent all our warm summer holidays at Westgate. We lived in South London.
My Grandmother lived in Quex Road and we had a caravan on St Crispens caravan site.
I loved getting fish heads from the fish monger to go crabbing.
I loved the level crossing gates , I also loved to stand on the footbridge next to the road bridge at the far end of the station to stand in the smoke from the steam trains. Very H & S
At the caravan site in Lymington Road now a small housing estate I used to listen out for Taffy the baker it was my job to get 4 dough nuts ,they were the best in the world.
Once a week we would go out in the evening to either the Captin Digby , Ramsgate. of the Viking Pegwell Bay
A bottle of pop and a packet of crisps with the salt in the small packet.
A trip to Birchington to the icecream palour we would ask for a Knickerblocker glory just because of the name.
In the caravan during the evenings the adults would play pontoon and the winnings each night would be put in a jar, on the last night of the holiday the winnings were divided between my sister and I we would be then taked to Dreamland and let loose we felt very rich.
Another treat was a plat of cockles 6d
It took over 4 hours to get to Westgate by road pre M2 from London. I would look for the Sunderland Flying boat moored at Rochester and there was a compertion to spot the sea first. In recent years I saw the decline in Westgate but now am pleased tit has come back.
When the tide went out I used to spend my time at the boating pool with my boats or if the tide was in crab fishing.
Dick Warner who lived just off the beach had a boat and my dad and I would help him with the boat.It had wheels on the outside so we could run it up the beach.
I remember the big American flying boat holed its self on a rock and had to beach its self on the big ramp (now gone) by Pavs.
We also called into a chip shop tucked in side road over the level crossing and by a bag of bits which were the bits of batter that had fallen off when cooking.
We never went in the winter but now I have been working in the area and it feels strange tobe there in the winter.
I now have a grandson who I am looking forward to taking to Westgate , I am making him the same model boat my dad made for me , I will be so proud and my dad would also be so proud of his great grandson .Dates 1972

I just wonder if the 1955 phots were taken in August we might be in them. You could always find us as my mother always sat at the top of the small ramp by Pavs. it was her spot.
I hope you enjoy my memories they were from a wonderful time I feel very lucky.
Please make comment if you like Thank you.

A memory shared by grahamleeper1 on Feb 12th, 2020.
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