Sanger’s Circus inspired Thanet to perform on historic buildings project – The Isle Of Thanet News


Ramsgate Royal Palace Theater (Image Ramsgate Library)

A circus-themed street performance will arrive in Thanet this weekend as part of a long-term project.

The free show takes place at Ramsgate High Street on Saturday 4th December and Westwood Cross on Sunday 5th December.

Inspired by Lord George Sanger’s circus and mansion, built in 1883 and later become the Royal Palace Theater in Ramsgate, Looping the Loop will provide entertainment for Christmas shoppers and raise awareness of a project to bring that story to life.

Volunteers from Pie Factory Music and Heritage Lab will be on hand that day to provide the final plans for Number 50 High Street, one of only four buildings to survive the theater’s demolition in 1960.

The building opened as the Sanger Amphitheater from 1883 to 1907 and was known as the Royal Palace Theater from 1908 after renovation. This closed in 1960.

Number 50 was recently used as a milkshake lounge and fashion store. Rob Kenyon, CEO and Founder of Heritage Lab CIC, said: “We want as many people as possible to share their memories, photographs or stories over the lifetime of this complex of buildings, hotels and resorts. once very popular theaters, while it is still possible to do so. so.”

Head of the Pie Factory Music project, Steph Dickinson said: “Volunteers from our youth group ACT helped design the show with Looping the Loop and are learning new skills for this project, which will also help them find employment opportunities in the future.

Heritage Lab received a grant of £ 60,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to uncover the history of the community from the building’s heyday and highlight a building that has been abandoned for seven years to increase the chances that it will be used in the future.

The two-year Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) grant was awarded as part of a national program to help transform main streets and city centers in England by supporting charities and social enterprises to develop new sustainable uses for redundant or underused historic buildings. .

Heritage Lab is one of the seven Heritage Development Trusts in the UK participating in the national program.

Events will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. To find out more visit:


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