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Ramsgate: Military and heritage trail to be launched in November

By Katie Davis

Hollywood's red carpet may have been cleared away for another year, but the part that Ramsgate has played in numerous blockbusters lives on.

Think the ships in Dunkirk or Ramsgate's part in The Darkest Hour, let alone Pegwell Bay as a landing site for Julius Caesar or how the town housed Wellington's troops prior to Waterloo.

The history is to be brought back to life by a new Ramsgatre military & heritage trail, which is to be launched in November to coincide with the centenary of the ending of the First World War.

Ralph Hoult
Ralph Hoult

Ralph Hoult, best known as Mr Ramsgate, is working with local charity Thanet Community Development Trust to create a walking trail which will take in all of these sites and many more.

Along with the blue plaque trail, there will also be a map and booklet full of information on each of the sites, as well as a website for enthusiasts to really get into the subject matter.

Schools will have a special section to help them build the town's history into the curriculum.

The team behind the trail, however, want more people to get involved.

They're looking for volunteer researchers to put together the information to go into the map booklet, which can be done from home, by visiting the site or going along to the trust's offices in Lillian Road.

People who have stories of their own are welcomed by the trust share them to be written down as part of Ramsgate's heritage.

Andrew Morris, the trust's heritage manager, said: "This project is about Ramsgate's history and Ramsgate history is about its people.

"To help us make our past part of our children's future, we want to hear from anyone who'd like to get involved either as a researched or someone with a story to tell, we want to gather it all together for everyone to see and experience."

If you'd like to get involved, call 01843 855155 or email admin@tcdt.org,uk

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