A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Arriving suitably drenched after my deeply unwise walk from Westgate on Sea to Margate,  I grabbed a few photos around the town as I headed for hot coffee and beer.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Margate has seen some lean times in recent years, but the arrival of the Turner Gallery in 2011 has kick-started regeneration, with a mass of new independent shops and businesses moving into the area.

Inevitably, the luxury private developments are following, like these new ‘contemporary beach houses’ being constructed on the seafront.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

The beachfront was deserted in the driving May rain.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

I love this old Victorian Nayland Rock Promenade Shelter. T. S. Eliot wrote some of his famous poem, The Wasteland, sat on this very bench.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Looking across the rainy bay.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

The ‘Finest Sands In England,’ it says.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Margate’s ‘Pleasure Park’ Dreamland, closed since 2005, is scheduled to reopen on the 19th July 2015.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

The sun wasn’t shining, and it didn’t look particularly amusing or fun.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Telescope. ‘Still only 20p.’

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Deserted beach.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Seafront promenade in the rain.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

I finally got out of the rain and settled down for a delicious cream scone and coffee in the gallery cafe.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Installation in the gallery.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

The next stop after the Turner was the wonderful Harbour Arms pub.

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

A rainy day in Margate. Photos from a wet and windy May afternoon, May 2015

Margate graffiti.

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