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The history of municipal entertainments in this country can be traced back to Margate. Margate blazed the trail that others were to follow. It was realised that the entertainment offered by the town to the visitor via private enterprise was generally inadequate. To remedy the situation the Council in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, formed a Fetes Committee in 1900. The objective was to provide high class entertainment in Margate for visitors and residents alike. When the committee was given power to directly run and own places of entertainment, the ball was rolling and the high point was the building of the Winter Gardens.

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