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Whitstable Harbour Day

9th August 2003

Setting the scene for this copy free feature with Old Whitstable Photographs

Above the harbour from the air in the 1940's of unknown origin

Cluster of West Welks boats, uniformed harbour staff, & the old light on the East Quay in 1950 by the late W R Parker

Cruising off Whitstable Bay in 1950 - W R Parker

Tankerton Bay looking towards Hampton in the late 1950's - W R Parker

Home of the long established Tankerton Bay Sailing Club a friendly active club welcomes novices & new members

Sunset from the Horse Bridge 1950 - W R Parker

The ancient Whitstable Street in 1999 where two currents have built up a spit that runs a mile out to se marked by the Street End Buoy

There's the friendly Tankerton Bay Sailing club a little way to the East with ramp & clubhouse off the promanade

Harbour basin

South Quay from the top of the fisherman's huts towards Dead Mans Corner

Sue & Pete Ashcroft

Tugs TID 172 (Tug in Dock) with the Kent

TID 172 Starboard side

Kent starboard side

Looked after by the South Eastern Tug Society she's normally berthed in No 1 basin of the Historic Dockyard Chatham now Medway Marina

Trevor Seath & Harbour Ward Councilors Julia Seath & John Wratten

Monica on the Mic'

1st Whitstable Scout Group Band tune up outside Cardium Shellfish

John Gilson MD owner of Cardium Shellfish left foreground

Four generations of West's have worked from the harbour

West Welks now provide Oysters & other local delicacies

Above the family by their seafood stall

MX5 Owners Club pictures by Derek

On the South Quay over looking the harbour entrance

For all our Mazda MX5 & Eunos Roadsters features navigate from MX5

Fishing Smacks

Rafted up to Sailing Barge Greta

"Moggie" convertible lives locally at Borstal Hill Whitstable with its owner members of

The Morris Minor Owners Club

Cardium 2 & Ol' Ray named after founder of Cardium Shellfish the late Ray Gilson

Ray designed & built the first cockle harvesting system & the plant on the South Quay

Frank Turner for details of his books on the Maunsell Sea Forts

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Getting up a full head of Steam as the day comes to a close, local press photographer Chris Davie captured the other side of the lens

The miniature locomotive was steaming on the South Quay once the Whitstable end of the "Crab & Winkle Line" operated by Canterbury Model Engineering Club

An image that sums up Whitstable Harbour Days brilliant atmosphere great taste

"Flashback" - Interviewing Raymond Baxter on Invicta 603 & 142 kHz at Whitstable Lifeboat Station 18th June 1983

Stranded on his cruiser off the Polard Spit in the 60's Raymond was aided by the station

Find out more about Whitstable RNLI by visiting local crew member Dave & Helen Parry's website

Obituary: Raymond Baxter former WW II Spitfire pilot sadly died on Battle of Britain Day: Friday September 15th 2006, just the day before he'd been commentating at the Goodwood Circuit

Following a distinguished flying record Raymond joined British Forces News & later moved to the BBC to become the radio voice of many state occasions of the 1950's

Raymond was Senior Presenter of the pioneering Tomorrows World television programme from its launch in 1965, other work included the commentary for almost 30 years of the annual Farnborough Airshow

Raymond Baxter a lovely gentleman, colourful character & excellent natural broadcaster

Whitstable Harbour Day 2003 sponsored by; Brett's, Cardium Shellfish, St Augustine's, West Welks, Whitstable Oyster Trading Company

For the Harbour Day/Oyster Festival 2004 see Whitstable Harbour/Oyster 2004

For the Harbour Day 2005 see Whitstable Harbour Day 2005

For the Harbour Day 2006 see Whitstable Harbour Day 2006

For the Harbour Day 2007 see Whitstable Harbour Day 2007

See also Whitstable Harbour Recent Memoires

For all the nautical adventures navigate from Afloat

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