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Viking Bay has been named as a top childhood destination

Viking Bay has been named as a top childhood destination

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A REPORT by Sunday Times journalist Camilla Long has painted Thanet in a very grim light. Branding the isle as ‘English Defence League on Sea’ and ‘Chernobyl-like.’

But here are 11 things the Oxford-educated aristocrat didn’t mention about Thanet

*Dreamland will reopen on June 19 with 17 rides and providing 200 local jobs

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*The isle has been chosen as a location for filming numerous times, including scenes for Sky series The Tunnel shot just this week

*£12 million has been invested in the high speed line from Ramsgate to London

*The isle boasts a number of Taste of Kent winners, including most recently The Corner House in Minster which scooped the top restaurant award

*The Duchess of Cambridge visited Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Self: Image and Identity and Resort Studios, receiving a warm welcome from isle folk

*People power has forced debate/action on Pleasurama, Manston airport, Dreamland and the street light switch off

*Margate is the venue for the annual International Beach Cross tournament

*920 new Thanet businesses were set up last year

*The isle hosts an abundance of festivals, including Folk Week, Summer Squall, Broadstairs Blues Festival, the Dickens Festival, this year’s Operation Dynamo events, to name just a few

* Viking Bay featured in the top 10 of childhood beaches to visit in Britain by Coast magazine.

* Broadstairs was named among the top “30 best places for a weekend retreat” by The Times last year

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