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Local News 23rd January 2019 
Union members are demonstrating at Ramsgate Port.
The Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport workers is staging the demonstration to reinforce their demands that British workers and companies will get a fair deal in any development at the port. In view of a £13.8 million grant from the Government towards Seaborne setting-up a Ramsgate-Ostend ferry service, they feel that UK seafarers and support services should benefit.
A derelict Ramsgate pub has to clean up its act.
The former Braces pub in King Street Ramsgate has been empty for over 10 years. Local residents are increasingly concerned about an accumulation of rubbish and vermin. It was bought by a property development company last December, with the benefit of planning permission to demolish then build nine 2-bed flats. Thanet Council has now issued a 21-day notice for the site to be cleared and secured.
A local brewery is in line for a prestigious award.
The ‘Produced in Kent’ awards recognise Kent’s food, drink and local produce businesses and are voted for by the public. This year, Ramsgate’s Gadds Brewery is in the final 3 for ‘Kent Beer of the Year’, for its No. 11 brew. It is the first time that a low-alcohol beer has featured in the lists.
Local Heroes were applauded last night.
Thanet Community Awards held a dinner and awards ceremony at the Broadstairs Yarrow Hotel last night (22nd), where a number of groups and individuals were recognised for the difference they make through their unpaid efforts. One of these, Derrick Downs, has been supporting the area for over 40 years. Currently Chairman of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, he is also involved with the Scouts and an active member of Margate Rotary Club’s Youth Projects Team.