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Historical heritage open days

As part of the Heritage Open days in September, many heritage buildings were open throughout the UK for just one weekend.

The Clock Tower thought they’d open their door to the public, which they’ve never done before.

As well as opening the bottom door to have a rare peek up to the higher levels, there was also an interesting exhibition in the Clock Tower information centre (81 Central Parade, next to Saxon Shore Wetherspoon pub), telling you all about the history of the Clock Tower and its restorations. There was also a special exhibition by HBHRS about ‘Shops and Shopping in Herne Bay’.

Here are a few photos from the weekend:

air show

WOW! WOW! WOW! What an event!

Hats off to The Bay Promo Team who put together a wonderful, exciting and action-packed event for Herne Bay and the whole of the South East Coast!

The team consists of a handful of volunteers who have to work very hard in organising and raising funds to put on this type of display. Plus some additional merry volunteers who are there to help make the day run smoothly and assist visitors.

The day went without many incidents. One obvious incident (which was all over the news) was the Turbulent Display plane, which landed in the water off the coast of Bishopstone, by Reculver Towers. The pilot walked away from the incident with minor injuries, but was taken to hospital to get checked out. If it wasn’t for the quick thinking of the pilot to land the plane in the shallow water, away from the public, the story would have been different. It was also amazing how bystanders speedily ran out to the plane to help flip it over and push it back to shore. Well done to all involved.

The weather was perfect, the displays were amazing to watch and there was plenty to see, do and keep you amused.

The day didn’t end there though! The Friends of the Clock Tower put on some evening entertainment in the form of Freddie Mercury and QueenII. Watch this video to see the crowds have fun and sing along to Radio GaGa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXJszB7I1L8

We’re looking forward to the 2017 show already….listen out for any more news on the BayPromo Team facebook page.

The plaza was transformed

The plaza was transformed

A big congratulations should go out to one of our volunteers, Johanna for organising and setting up the fashion show event that took place on the Clock Tower plaza on the 20 August.

The sun was out and everyone was in high spirits, waiting for Method to the Madness to perform their usual fantastic choreographed dances. Many dress makers and clothes designers displayed their wares on the catwalk, situated just next to the Clock Tower.

YMCA was a popular song, sung and actioned out by everyone in the audience.

Here are a few photos of the day, taken by the lovely Julie Blackmer, local photographer. To see more photos, look at The Clock Tower Facebook page.

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Wasn’t the carnival good fun?!

The summer isn’t over yet, but hasn’t it been great so far?

The carnival went smoothly, as always. The carnival queens and princesses were a big part of the parade as usual. The Friends of the Clock Tower’s stand consisted of characters in various costumes depicting time travel, so we had a couple in sixties gear and others with futuristic outfits that they’d made and created the week before.

As always there were a lot of people lining Central Parade, throwing their copper coins into buckets.

All in all it was an enjoyable evening.

Well done to the organisers for putting on another great carnival.


Are you coming to Herne Bay’s air show this August?

Come to Herne Bay seafront on Sunday 14 (time tbc) and be dazzled and amazed at the delights and displays in the air.

The Red Arrows have agreed to return to the Herne Bay Air Show this year – meaning the hugely popular event will definitely go ahead.

Last year, 70,000 people lined the seafront as the team headlined an event thought to be the town’s biggest ever.

In a statement, the Bay Promo Team said: “We’ve only gone and got them!

“Courtesy of the Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower, we’ve got the country’s top Queen tribute, Queen II lined up for the evening entertainment for a mini Wembley-style stage performance on the Clock Tower Plaza which will go down a real treat too!”

Organisers are now stepping up their fundraising campaign, by asking supporters to donate via their Facebook page, or by emailing baypromoteam@gmail.com

Over 18s WINNER

Congratulations bakers!

WOW! Herne Bay has some talent! And we certainly saw that on Bank holiday Monday (2 May).

Thank you to all of the bakers who entered in their wonderful creations, which were judged by the Chairman of Friends of the Clock Tower, the owner of Pashley’s Cake Emporium and owner of The Vintage Empire.

We would have chosen all entries as winners if we could, but noone went home empty handed. Here are the photos of the entries:

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What a way to spend Good Friday

Residents from Herne Bay and the surrounding areas were greeted by a roaming mischievous minion, beautiful Disney princesses and of course the Easter Bunny. Music was played on the plaza and Pip the Clown was always entertaining a large group of followers.

Fun was had by all and the weather certainly did it’s job, by shining down on Herne Bay that day!

Under 10s winner

It’s back for 2016

Do you have what it takes to bake a cake or biscuits?

If the answer is yes, then why not enter into our cake and biscuit baking competition?

There are three categories:

  • over 18s (must be homemade)
  • 11 to 17 years (must be homemade)
  • 10 and under (either decorated pre-made cake or biscuit or homemade)

As always, we are giving away excellent prizes for all categories, so fill in an application form (you will find in the Clock Tower Information Centre) or email clocktowervolunteers@gmail.com the following details:

  1. Which category (over 18s (must be homemade, 11 to 17 years (must be homemade), 10 and under (either decorated pre-made cake or biscuit) or 10 and under (homemade).
  2. Your contact details (name, email address and phone number.

Please see our calendar event for the terms and conditions.