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Published 24 August 2000

Signs shock

A CENTURY ago our writer William George Glanfield, known to all as Felix, was outraged, as were a good many other local people, at the eyesore of huge advertising signs put up smack in the middle of the picturesque fishing quarter made up of the Stade, fishmarket, Radnor Street, East Street and the Durlocks, with St Peter's Church above.
"An advertising vampire has descended upon the place," he wrote, planting "great big, ugly, vulgar boards and In letters that may be seen half-way across the Channel, announcing to the world a Yankee product."

The advertised products included Quaker Oats, a similar uproar being sparked at Dover by a similar advert above the Western Docks.

There's no doubt the sign, seen left in a picture lent by Edwin Lilley, of Seabrook, didnt enhance the resort or Folkestone's fashionable reputation!

There was a large OXO sign too, fronting the quayside at the Stade, along with a mixture of other signs on a massive hoarding. Was it a case, I wonder, of "anything goes in the fishmarket area"?

In Dover the massive Quaker Oats advertisement which someone had put up on the famous White Cliffs above Snargate St prompted letters in the Times newspaper, such was the angry reaction of many people caring about the environment.

It was no exaggeration to say the sign could be seen from some way out in the Channel.

The Town Council on this occasion was also quick to act. In fact they sought and succeeded in getting Parliamentary powers to control flank-wall and similar advertising and promptly got the sign removed.

In this respect, I believe, they were leaders in the control of advertising standards In the UK.

I wonder if Folkestone Town Council took


- or an eyesore - this was one of the hoardings to which local people were taking exception a century ago. It is shown below near the old Fishmarket.
another one-time Shepway resident, to write to her from Germany to say how surprised and

delighted he was to read in the Herald, which he has sent out to him regularly, that veteran Jack Martin was corresponding with her.

Mrs Cobbett says Ron Perry is also in his 90s.

He told her that he worked with Jack Martin at the Swan Garage, Hythe (later the site of Somer-fields,) for about five years, until they both left to go into the Navy, in 1939. Ron sent her a long letter, she said, and had chatted to Jack on the phone.

“I sent my copy of the Herald out to Jack Martin and he was ‘tickled pink’ to think he had been in the news - so you see Memories does a good job, she writes. “Folkestone to Germany, back to Hythe, back to Germany and eventually to Holland!”

And it all came about through a Hythe Scouts postcard from Edwin Lilley, of Seabrook! Published in Memories this put several old friends back in touch with each other again.
ANOTHER photograph from a glass plate negative which was lent to me by Edwin Lilley, of Seabrook, showing the huge advertising hoarding that appeared one day on the Stade. An enlargement of the hoarding with the Oxo advert is shown above
advantage of such regulations to rid the Stade and other areas of these eyesores?

I was pleased to hear again some while back from Mrs Joan Cobbett, of Park Road, Hythe. I am always pleased to read snippets of information about Old Folkestone or Hythe and to see old photographs of the Shepway area.
Joan wrote to say she somehow missed the Herald Memories piece at the end of December which was about an old Folkestonian, Jack Martin, now in his 90s, who writes to her from Holland.

Due to seasonal holidays, she was late getting hold of a copy of the paper.

The Memories article prompted also Ron Perry,





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