Published: 10:02, 22 September 2021
| Updated: 12:04, 22 September 2021
Two centuries ago, a newly-crowned King George IV enjoyed Ramsgate’s hospitality so much he bestowed royal status on its harbour.
And the unique accolade’s 200th anniversary will be marked this weekend.
Early Ramsgate was a highly fashionable resort with assembly rooms for the well-to-do, salt-water baths and a bustling port.
Today, it's considered ‘Britain’s sunshine capital’ based on Met Office data, and is a favourite of Londoners looking to relocate.
Actress Brenda Blethyn, star of the detective series Vera, was born in the town. She said: "My head and heart are in Ramsgate, and I absolutely love it here. We've got a beautiful harbour, and we're about to celebrate its 200th anniversary."
There is also a fundraising campaign to get a 15ft sculpture of George IV bronzed for the town, created by former pop star turned sculptor Dominic Grant, who died last year.
To donate and find out more go to ramsgate2021.co.uk