Canterbury Photographic Society
Members of the Canterbury Photographic Society enjoyed a full day out at Ramsgate as part of the Summer Shoot Programme.
We gathered in the morning for a guided tour of the Ramsgate Tunnels. Hard hats and torches were issued after a short film including Pathe news footage. The guide gave a fascinating explanation of the very varied history of the tunnels and the determination of a flamboyant character 'The Mad Mayor' who secured funding for the tunnels to be extended beneath the streets of Ramsgate as wartime protection for the towns population.
On one August day in 1940, 500 bombs were dropped in just 5 minutes. As most folk had sought shelter in the tunnels just 31 residents lost their life despite widespread damage to homes and businesses. Many local families continued to set up home in the tunnels while the war ensued.
After lunch the members met at the Marina to board 'Sea Searcher' and once out of the harbour the boat Hugged the coastline towards Pegwell and Sandwich Bay area where the mouth of the River Stour enters the sea.
There were many species of seabirds and the group were rewarded with close images of a colony of over 100 Common Seals hauled up on the sandy river banks and swimming around the boat. A fish and chip supper and ice cream ended the day nicely.