VOLUNTEERS with a spark of initiative are wanted to help maintain the Telly-Go-Round on Herne Bay seafront this summer.
The machine, which is operated by Herne Bay Rotary, is close to the town’s pier and first appeared in 1967 as Dougal and the Lighthouse. It was the idea of Rotarians George Jones and Barry Smith.
The current look of the TGR is the result of work by club members in 1983 and it is still repaired and improved by them. It is the only one in the world.
It is estimated that some 350,000 coins are put in the coin box over the summer to operate the machine. Last year it raised some £4,000 as “children of all ages” tried to get the jackpot. This is when the drums open and Thomas the Tank Engine comes out with the sound of a whistle.
Apart from raising thousands of pounds for charity, the Telly-Go-Round is also a popular attraction. Now Rotary is asking if anyone with electrical experience can help clear any faults that might occur with the machine when the Rotarian who maintains it is away.
If you can help, you are asked to phone Chris French on 01227 367386.