Folkestone history from "manky badger"

Folkestone history from "manky badger"

It's not me, I am not the manky badger, but I found this blog talking about a trip to Folkestone, and how Folkestone had changed...

We lived in Folkestone from September 1984 to April 1986, so I consider myself something of an expert on all things Folkestonian. It has to be said that the place has changed somewhat in the intervening twenty one years. The wonderful aquarium shops are gone, as is "Eureka" - the place which sold absolutely everything really cheaply. HMV is no longer in the basement of Debenhams, and WH Smith has lost its top floor. The Rotunda and the scenic railway are gone. In fact there's not a lot left apart from Chambers bar and the ice cream shop.

So we had an HMV before did we? I've only been living here 3 or 4 years and visiting for a few more before that... Chambers hasn't really been around that long either, it was called the Sub Club about ten years ago. Still nice to get a few more hints of recent Folkestone history...

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Mon Oct 08 2007

This is part of my website The Folkestone Gerald that I built in a fury of enthusiasm when we first moved here sometime in 2004. I'd been a frequent visitor for a while previous to that so I am technically one of those DFLs you get nowadays. The site was a lot more dynamic with a gig calendar and voting for favourite places and stuff, and I know it was a useful resource for those who were moving here. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only to Hythe) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as The town is now becoming the exciting place we knew it was just about to. My name is not Gerald BTW, the name comes from a pretend newspaper in an episode of The Day Today or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, and how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do contact me if you have something to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on Twitter.