Letter: Dick Melton October 20, 2107
I was very interested in Turnstone’s article about the old Kit-Kat which is a real eyesore.
It was built in 1932/33. There were already two houses on the site, the Olive House, which was demolished, and Seagate House, which was used as part of the Kit-Kat, which opened in 1934. At the same time, 1932, the boating lake was constructed. A raod was laid down between this and Seagate Road houses so the fishermen who lived in Seagate could get their boats out of their gardens and onto the beach. The right of way that Turnstone mentions was opened some time before 1928. In the late 1950s the back road was turned into a council car park. Some time before 1969 the back road was closed to through traffic and a brick wall was built at the Kit-Kat end with a gap in it for pedestrians. The fairground end was left open so residents of Seagate Road could get to their entrances at the rear. Land where the slabs were eventually put down was used as a parking area for many motorcyclists who visited town. In 1986 the Kit-Kat was sold, it reopened as Sands in 1987 when the main entrance was moved to the west facing the sea and this is when chairs and tables were put out on this area of paving stones. Sands was destroyed by fire in 1998. Many times I have asked the town and borough councils to do something about this site with very little response. I hope the council changes its mind and lets Alfie Rake go ahead. As for No.1 Seagate, myself, my wife and my family lived in the top flat of this building from 1967 to 1970. When I lived there No.1 and No.3 were condemned along with some railway cottages in Southend Road but there are all still standing.