Sunday, December 01, 2013

Another Great Xmas Fun Day in Westgate

Once again, the annual Westgate Fun Day proved a great success and enormous credit goes to everyone involved in making it so.

No snow this year or even rain and the weather was almost perfect with a packed Station Road, and what looked like more stalls and entertainment than ever before.

It's great to see the community turn out in force to support this popular event and indeed, the number of visitors that came from across Thanet. I spotted Council Leader Clive Hart and his wife as well as the Mayor and Mayoress of Margate over the course of the afternoon.

With so many more people now using Twitter as a means of getting news; I used #Westgatefun13 to share my photos and updates today, I would like to suggest a Twiiter #tag for everyone to use to share Westgate news and announcements in future and I plan to start using it from tomorrow.

It's simply #WGOSEA for Westgate-on-Sea and if you get int the habit of sharing with that tag, anything that happens in the town of note, then we can very quickly develop the local equivalent of a fast and efficient local news service.

As most phones are now Smartphones and Twitter is free and very useful to track all kind of breaking news and events, I see every benefit to to the local community in using it and no disadvantages.

Let's take a couple of simple examples "There's a huge pothole in Westgate Bay Ave #WGOSEA" or "@simonmoores #WGOSEA there's a whale on the beach." In the second example you are letting me know directly to my smartphone with a @simonmoores and you are letting anyone know who might be watching the #WGOSEA hashtag on their Twitter account.

I hope that doesn't sound too complicated but for something like today, announcements, parking and public-safety messages could have easily been directed at anyone in today's crowds with a Twitter account and a smartphone, by the organisers, police, councillors etc, simply by using #WGOSEA.

I hope you will agree that it's a good idea for the future.

Once again, well done and thank you to everyone who made today such a great success and proved once again that here in Westgate, we have a community spirit to be truly proud of.

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