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Social, sport and
THE print workers in Thanet not only worked hard, but also enjoyed a
thriving social life with many different types of clubs available to join or be a
part of. Workers would socialise across the different departments within the
business as well as with workers from other local businesses. The archive
has artifacts relating to football, horticulture and amateur dramatics clubs.
Although usually run independently of the print business, employers would
support some of these activities, recognising the opportunity to promote
their businesses and to encourage a healthy, and locally engaged workforce.
These social activities were a popular and important way of meeting new
people, finding friends and relationships for life.
Variety shows were popular during the 1950s. In the archive there is a
programme printed by The Thanet Press in 1957 for ‘Workers’ Gaytime at the
Winter Gardens’. This show included many of Margate’s principal
“It was very social. There was a lot of fraternising – you were always
doing something so knew people from every department.”