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« on: January 25, 2011, 09:14:11 PM »

You may have read a recent article in the local press regarding the re-opening of the Ramsgate Tunnels. If you didn’t see it, you can read it online HERE

The history of the tunnels is well recorded, but what's not recorded in any detail are the memories of residents who used them. What were the emotions when the siren was sounded? What was life like underground while the town was being destroyed above? I remember the air raid sirens being tested in the 1950’s and my mother was rushing around to find the local paper to check this was a scheduled test and not an air raid! It must have left an impression.

Part of the current tunnel project is to record a “spoken word” history to accompany written records. Do you know anyone in the 80+ age group who used the tunnels? You’ll be surprised what Mum, Dad, Gran and Granddad can tell you when prompted. My mother has always led me to believe she never used the tunnels. Now, as a result of this project she has told me she went down them twice, and even remembers details of the occasions.

If you can help we would like you to contact us and discuss how we can best record the memories. You can email: phil@ramsgatehistory.com, or telephone 01843 599153.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 12:12:30 PM »

Ramsgate Tunnels Group now have their own website, and urgently require your help. Please visit http://ramsgatetunnels.org and lend your support by becoming a Friend of Ramsgate Tunnels. You will be kept up to date with progress and news about the tunnels, and your interest will support the group in its endeavours.

There's also a Forum where you can discuss all aspects of the tunnel and post any pictures or information you may have.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 05:36:10 PM »

Ramsgate Tunnels Project has won through to the final vote off for funding from the Jubilee People's Millions where a substantial amount of money can be won to kickstart the project. Voting will take place via telephone with the number to call being released at 9.00 am on Monday 27th June. Voting lines will be open between 9.00 am and midnight. There will be a TV presentation about the project on ITV Meridian Tonight at 6.00 pm in the Meridian East region. 

The number to vote on will be released at 9.00 am on the Jubilee People's Millions website and in the Daily Mirror newspaper. As soon as we have the number it will be made available here and at ramsgatetunnels.org, ramsgatehistory.com, via email and text to Friends of Ramsgate Tunnels and as many forums, blogs, facebook pages and twitter pages as possible. You will also be aware of it if you're out and about around Ramsgate on the day. We're doing our best on this but success it's down to how many people take up the challenge and vote for the project. It will cost 11p to vote from a BT landline, other networks may vary. It's important to note that each phone number can be used up to 10 times. This is not cheating, it's an integral part of the voting process that our competitors will be aware of and will use to their advantage.

If anyone is going to the excellent Preston Steam Rally this weekend, we'll have a stall there promoting the project so please come and have a chat and we'll do our best to answer any questions.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 08:48:52 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 06:33:34 PM »

The group WON !!! Smiley 1.11 well spent!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 06:18:11 PM »

Phil, Saw you on local news tonight. Congratulations! It was a shame that they didn't mention WHERE in Margate the exhibition is to be.
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012, 09:11:36 PM »

Yes, small error there!  It's at Droit House, next to the Turner Contemporary until Sunday 19th.  The exhibition contains memorabilia and a mock up of the tunnel to give some spacial awareness. There's also a short film show and loads of enthusiasm!! Good coffee available at the Turner cafe.
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 08:07:06 AM »

The Ramsgate Tunnels Heritage Group will be presenting their preliminary Vision of how to develop the tunnels as a sustainable Heritage Resource, Visitor Attraction and Iconic Venue for the benefit of the town.

With a good number of entries to their Tunnel Vision Competition the group has been able to assess how the local community would like to see the tunnels used. Based on this and other criteria from professional studies they will be presenting their Vision for the future at the annual meeting of Ramsgate Town Council, to be held on Wednesday 18th April at the Kings Theatre, King’s Place, King Street, Ramsgate, CT11 8NN from 7.00 pm.

The winner of the Tunnel Vision Competition will be announced and presented with a cheque for £100.

Everyone is welcome

Wednesday 18th April
Kings Theatre, King’s Place, King Street, Ramsgate
from 7.00 pm

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 11:06:53 PM »

The Contractors have started to clear out the entrance to the Tunnel at the seafront end.
There is a streetlight in the way of machinery, perhaps this could be removed before it is damaged?

At last we can look forward to enjoying this amazing history coming back to life. Well done to all involved in this project and keep up the good work.
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