I thought you might all be interested to read the latest press release
about Thanet on Film - Keith spotted himself 40 years ago! If you've
seen yourself or anyone you know on the archive footage, do let me
know. We could include you and your memories in the next film - it's
all part of the people's history of Thanet.
There are three more screenings of the Ramsgate version of Thanet on
Film this Friday and Saturday, 11th and 12th at 7.30 and 2.30 matinee
on Saturday, at the Granville cinema Ramsgate (tel 01843 591750). The
evening performances are followed by a discussion with the film
I think there are more tickets available for Saturday evening at the moment.
Please pass on the information about the screenings - it's the last
time it will be shown! And please let me know what you'd like to see
included in the next film.
THANET ON FILM PRODUCER
KEITH SEES HIMSELF ON FILM – 40 YEARS AGO!
Keith Garrison got the shock of his life when he went to the Carlton
Cinema in Westgate the other night. For the first time ever he saw his
film debut -- 40 years ago.
Birchington resident Keith, 64, went to see "Thanet On Film", a
compilation of footage about Thanet from the 1920s to the present day,
totally unaware of what he was about to see.
Keith was watching a section of the film about Margate shot in 1970,
when he heard a song which sounded familiar. "Then I realised – I'd
written it," said Keith, "And there I was playing it."
"I was amazed and surprised – as was the person sitting next to me,
when I shouted 'That's me!' "
Keith is shown in the film playing and singing to a group of dancing
mini-skirted girls in the old Grosvenor Court hotel in Cliftonville,
which is now a retirement home.
Keith, who used to write for a local drama club in Birchington in the
1960s, said: "I'd forgotten all about taking part in this film. All I
knew was it was a publicity film for Margate and Michael Aspel was in
it. I was singing one of my own songs called Another Wonderful Day."
"And I never saw the film or myself in it until the other night in the
Carlton Cinema. I got the shock of my life!" He added: "I had hair in
The public will have their last chance to see the phenomenally popular
"Thanet On Film" this weekend when it get its final screenings at the
Granville Theatre in Ramsgate.
The 78 minute film includes vintage footage of Thanet from the 1920s
to the 1970s and explores the impact of the decline in seaside
holidays on the area. It also explores the future for Thanet and
hopes for the regeneration of the area through initiatives such as the
new Turner Contemporary Gallery.
The film's producer Christine Tongue said: "It was great Keith saw his
film debut after all these years. If anyone else sees themselves in
the film this weekend, we really want to hear from them. Maybe we'll
interview them for the next film we make about Thanet."
"Thanet On Film" will be shown in the Granville Cinema, Ramsgate on
Friday February 11th and Saturday 12th at 7.30pm. There will also be a
special matinee screening in Ramsgate on Saturday 12th at 2.30pm.
Bookings are advisable, telephone 01843 591750.