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Maunsell Sea Forts & WWII Weekend - Page 2

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The third event to be held at Whitstable Castle on Tankerton Hill over the weekend of the 14th & 15th April 2007

IMPS Display 1

Impressive IMPS Vehicles on show

Boy with Big Gun

Big Boy playing with his pop gun

Chatham Home Guard

Chatham Home Guard take Platoon Leader Tim Schild in hand

IMPS Display 2

IMPS appear at many events throughout the year

Whitstable Castle in 1828

Some history; Tankerton Tower pictured above in 1828 is thought to have origins as a stone beacon by farm buildings when a Spanish invasion was feared in 1585

Born in Northamptonshire in 1790 Wynn Ellis came to Whitstable in 1835 at 22 he'd started a silk business in London which became the largest in the City

By 40 he'd stood for Parliament retiring from political life in 1847 going on to become a Magistrate in Kent & Hertfordshire where he was elected Sheriff in 1851

Wynn Ellis

Wynn Ellis 1790 - 1875 is buried at all Saints Church Whitstable in a mausoleum he had purpose built

He added to the 17th Century Manor House throughout the 1830's & is best remembered for his collection of fine paintings & "Old Masters"

He built the Almshouses at Tower Parade across the road from the lower Castle gates

A description of Tankerton Castle appeared in a newspaper item on 29 August 1865 the Manor House having been much extended by Wynn Ellis to become the Folly that is the Tankerton Castle we know today

Tankerton Tower 1900

Pictured & described at Tankerton Tower in the 1900's

Ian & Rosa West

Ian West & his wife Rosa remembering some of the more adventurous Radio City times, still lives in the area

Ian West the renowned transmitter engineer joined Radio City staying until the closedown, shortly after he went to Radio London on the Galaxy before the Marine Etc Broadcasting Offences Act of 14th August 1967 became law

Ian West Signature

A well respected member of the 299 crew he performed miracles on Shivering Sands modifying the basic equipment & coaxing the transmitter to produce 5k

The Last Radio City Studio

Phil Perkins who'd been Tony Silver on Radio Invicta came to Radio City & it was Phil that was responsible for the construction of the last transistorised mixing desk

DJ Chris Cross spinning the discs, note the slot rack of 3" open reel tapes these were the Commercials played out on a Brunel tape deck

For all the Shivering Sand radio stories navigate from Radio Sutch City Part 1

Officers Run About

Superb condition officers run about

More Guns

Armaments explained

The Marquee

The Marquee with Tea, Cakes & Music

2nd Battalion king's Shropshire Light Infantry

Members of the Second Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) 1944

Jazz Band

A bit of Jazz through the afternoon

People enjoying the weekend

Plenty to keep the throng of crowds amused over two days

Happy Campers

With the Just Ordinary Men the Re-enactors of the 1st & 6th British Airborne pitched with many camping overnight

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