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Fifth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival begins

July 27, 2017 in Events, General, News

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2017 poster
[Poster by Chris Burke]

The fifth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is under way, and this year the event features a change of venue for its main live event and a guest appearance by one of the UK’s top political cartoonists.

After four years at the town’s Bandstand, the live event will be held on the bustling Herne Bay Pier.

More than 20 of the UK’s top cartoonists will be there on Sunday 6 August from midday to draw big-board cartoons, seaside peep boards, caricatures and more. There will also be a few surprises and chances for the public to get involved with drawing.

The change of location has inspired the title of the main festival exhibition, The End of the Pier Show, which opened this week at the Beach Creative gallery and runs until Sunday 13 August.

An exhibition by the political cartoonist Martin Rowson also opened this week at the Bay Art Gallery. It also runs until Sunday 13 August.

Martin Rowson exhibition poster

Fresh from being described by the Daily Mail as “sick and disgusting”, Rowson will appear at the Kings Hall on Saturday 5 August, from 3pm-5pm, where he will be interviewed by Rosie Duffield, the first ever Labour MP for nearby Canterbury, wearing her other hat as a comedy writer and satirist.

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved at Eventbrite.

Also open now at the Seaside Museum is the exhibition Cartoonists All At Sea, a selection of cartoons from the British Cartoon Archive in Canterbury, which runs until Sunday 10 September.

Cartoonists All at Sea poster

As has happened since the third festival, there will be a “fringe” event organised by Glenn Marshall. This year it is Mona Lisa – Not Happy, which sees the da Vinci painting “reworked, reimagined and regurgitated” by Marshall and other cartoonists and artists. The show opens at the One New Street gallery on Friday 4 August and runs until Saturday 2 September.

Mona Lisa Not Happy poster

Alongside the main show at Beach Creative, the festival also hosts Eaten Fish, an exhibition of work by cartoonists from all over the world supporting the plight of the Iranian cartoonist and political refugee known as Eaten Fish. He has been held at the Australian Detention Centre on Manus Island since 2013. The exhibition is in the gallery’s Rossetti Room until Sunday 13th August.

Eaten Fish poster

A key element of the End of the Pier Show exhibition — which features Steve Bell (Guardian), Dave Brown (Independent) and Jeremy Banx (Financial Times) alongside dozens of cartoonists seen in magazines such as Private Eye and The Spectator — are the “Fake Cartoons”, the festival cartoonists’ take on the fake news phenomenon that has emerged over recent years. Expect more than a few appearances by Donald Trump.

Trump Tweet cartoon by Nathan Ariss

To celebrate its fifth year, the festival is awarding a £250 cash prize, which it has dubbed the Paul Dacre Prize — after the Daily Mail editor who recently railed against a Rowson cartoon about the Finsbury Park Mosque attack, below — to the most provocative, unusual or offensive topical cartoon submitted for the exhibition.

Martin Rowson Firsbury Park Mosque attack cartoon

Workshops for budding cartoonists will also be held as part of the festival. Royston Robertson and Des Buckley host one at Beach Creative this Saturday (29 July) from 2.30pm-4pm.

And on Saturday 5 August, from 12-1.30pm, The Surreal McCoy will host the Eaten Fish Family Cartoon Workshop. Inspired by the Rossetti Room show it will be “a fishy exploration into all things fish”.

For updates on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, follow @HBCartoonFest on Twitter or go to Facebook.com/HBCartoonFest.

The cartoonists assemble at last year's Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

The cartoonists assemble at last year’s Herne Bay Cartoon Festival

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Professional Cartoonists Organisation and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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Sun shines on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival yet again …

August 9, 2016 in General


We’ve shown you the photos of the parade of cartoonists at the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival, which knocked the Rio Olympics opening ceremony into a sun hat, now here are some great photos of the Bandstand event itself, as well as the event’s exhibition openings.

Photos © Kasia Kowalska. Click images to enlarge.

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Where to begin? Matt Buck opts, logically enough, for the top left-hand corner

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Steve gets Way down

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Des Buckley and Andrew Birch draw on the shared boards. Many cartoonists contributed to these, helping to build up several murals of seaside gags

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A seagull’s-eye view of the proceedings

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Rich Skipworth goes nose-to-nose with his big board cartoon

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Glenn Marshall paints his Photo-U booth. Later he sat inside and drew strips of passport-style cartoons for paying customers, raising money for Amnesty International. There was a permanent queue

"Photos" from the booth (see above)

“Photos” from the booth (see above)

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Pete Dredge in caricature mode. He also drew general cartoons for the public, along with Roger Penwill, as they queued for caricatures drawn by Alex Hughes

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Dave Brown creates another masterpiece

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Festival regular Karol Steele, second right, with her family, in caricature form

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Master of ceremonies Steve Coombes, left, and cartoonist Andrew Birch, with Jacob Watts, 6, one of the winners of the event’s Young Cartoonists Competition

Alex Hughes inspires a future generation. Pix © Chris Williams

Alex Hughes inspires a future generation. Pic © Chris Williams

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Clockwise from top left, Royston Robertson, Gerard Whyman and Chris Williams tackle the boards

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The cartoon workshop with Tim Harries was popular

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Singer Amelia Fletcher, who performed at the event with The Catenary Wires, contributes to the large public board

 

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Jeremy Banx and Rich Skipworth. Note “cartoonist as rock star” pose

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Cathy Simpson, right, offered advice and tips on the public board

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The Surreal McCoy contributes a shared-board gag

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Clive Goddard’s wonderfully inventive peep board, featuring, clockwise from top left, Amy Amani-Goddard, Steve Way, Clive himself, and Royston Robertson

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Chris Burke’s peep board. All the cartoonists were certainly in need of a beer after another sunny day’s cartooning at the Bandstand

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Earlier, on the Saturday, Cathy Simpson hosted a workshop on drawing monsters at Beach Creative, where the main festival exhibition was also held. Pic © Royston Robertson

There were private views of the festival exhibitions, including Glenn Marshall's Not Funny at One New Street art gallery. Here's the man himself in front of his Wall of Rejection

There were private views of the festival exhibitions, including Glenn Marshall’s Not Funny at One New Street  gallery. Here he is in front of his Wall of Rejection

Specially brewed ale was available with bespoke Marshall labels

Specially brewed ale was available with bespoke Marshall labels and badges

Cartoonist Rob Murray takes in the exhibition by the late David Hawker

Cartoonist Rob Murray takes in the exhibition by late punch cartoonist David Hawker, at a private view at the tiny Bay Art Gallery. Pic © Royston Robertson

Rupert Besley, left who co-organised the Hawker exhibition, with Nathan Ariss

Rupert Besley, left, who co-organised the Hawker show, with Nathan Ariss

Postcards from the Seaside, the main festival exhibition, was opened by Sir Roger Gale, left, with Steve Coombes, the Thanet North MP. The postcard featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists riffing on the idea of seaside postcards, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard

Postcards from the Seaside, the main festival exhibition, was opened by Sir Roger Gale, left, the Thanet North MP, with Steve Coombes,

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, here about to be hung, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, here about to be hung, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard. Pic © Royston Robertson

The show featured new cartoons by dozens of cartoonists on the theme of seaside postcards, as well as a small exhibition of prosecuted cards by Donald McGill, king of the saucy postcard. Article from Herne Bay Gazette, click to enlarge

Article from Herne Bay Gazette, click to enlarge

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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016:

No rain on this parade

August 4, 2016 in General

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The sun shone brightly on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival for the fourth year running, bringing thousands of people to the town’s Bandstand on Sunday for a truly memorable day.

It began with a parade of cartoonists conducted by organiser Steve Coombes (above, with back to camera). They wielded large pencils and banners and played Oh, I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside on ukuleles.

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The cartoonists then gathered for a group photo before the drawing began. Click to enlarge and see those happy, smiling faces!

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Pictured, left to right, are:

Back row: Gerard Whyman, Roger Penwill, Rich Skipworth, Rob Murray, Chris Burke, Tim Harries, Des Buckley, Chris Williams, Alex Hughes and Dave Brown. Middle row: Cathy Simpson, The Surreal McCoy, Royston Robertson, Wilbur Dawbarn, Glenn Marshall, Pete Dredge, Clive Goddard and Simon Ellinas. Front row, kneeling: Jeremy Banx, Matt Buck, Steve Way, Rupert Besley and Andrew Birch.

We’ll have more pictures from the 2016 Herne Bay Cartoon festival later.

Pictures © Kasia Kowalska.

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Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016

July 24, 2016 in Events, General, News

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival 2016
The fourth Herne Bay Cartoon Festival takes place next month. The festival’s flagship live event will be held, as usual, in the Bandstand on the seafront, on Sunday 31 July.

More than 20 cartoonists from all over the country will be there to draw big-board cartoons, cartoon murals, caricatures and to host workshops. There will also be opportunities for the public to release their inner cartoonists and a few surprises and other general silliness.

The main festival exhibition, Postcards from the Seaside, is currently being put together and will feature cartoons all about the seaside, many offering modern spins on the classic saucy seaside postcards drawn by the likes of Donald McGill, much as the Independent cartoonist Dave Brown has done in the brilliant poster, above.

The exhibition opens at the Beach Creative gallery on Tuesday 26 July and runs until Sunday 14 August.

There will also be an exhibition of the work of the Punch cartoonist David Hawker, who died last August. Original cartoons by Hawker, who specialised in poking fun at petty middle-class concerns, can be seen at the Bay Art Gallery, on the same dates as the Beach Creative show.

Giles at the Seaside

Kicking off the festival, from Saturday 2 July, the Seaside Museum will host the exhibition Giles at the Seaside. Featuring a selection of seaside-themed cartoons by the much-loved Daily Express cartoonist, and spanning more than five decades, it is run in conjunction with the British Cartoon Archive in Canterbury.

This year also sees the launch of the festival’s first East Kent Young Cartoonists competition. There will be prizes for the winners and the best entries will be displayed during the festival.

To link in with that, there will be cartoon workshops at the Seaside Museum on 9 July, with myself and fellow PCO member Des Buckley.

Herne Bay Cartoon Workshop

And there’s more … but it’s all still being worked out. For updates follow @HBCartoonFest on Twitter or go to Facebook.com/HBCartoonFest

The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival is sponsored by the Professional Cartoonists Organisation and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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On the fringes at Herne Bay

July 7, 2016 in Events, General, News

Glenn Marshall Not Funny poster

Like any good festival, the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival has a fringe. And his name is Glenn Marshall. He writes:

The cartoonists who get exhibitions are the successful, good ones. This exhibition sets to redress the balance.

Full of ideas that don’t quite work, drawings that don’t quite look right and text that is completely illegible, it’s a story of pain, ridicule and regret. Let’s celebrate the mediocre!

Sadly my cartoon anthology that the exhibition was due to coincide with is still in early development, see below, but I will be having “The Book Launch Without A Book” over the festival weekend.

Glenn Marshall Not Funny portfolio

Thanks Glenn! The cartoon exhibition is at One New Street gallery and is sponsored by The Bay Brewer.

Cartoon festival organisers: “Can you spare a tenner?”

October 21, 2015 in General

The organisers of the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival are turning to the internet to help pay for next summer’s event, using a unique form of crowdfunding where the government matches every tenner donated.

A collaborative effort on a big board at Herne Bay. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

A collaborative effort on a big board at Herne Bay. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Bayguide, which has staged three successful cartoon events in the Kent seaside town, has set up a page on the Local Giving website and that is part of Grow Your Tenner 2015.

Sue Austen of Bayguide  told us: “We’ve booked the galleries and hope to add more new workshops and events in 2016.  But to deliver the festival and other great events and activities in Herne Bay we need to raise some cash.”

She said that Bayguide is asking the simple question “Can you spare a tenner?”

“If so, not only will we be really grateful, but the lovely people in the Cabinet Office will match it with another £10. It’s a simple and really effective way for you to help.

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay) © David Cross

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay), a watercolour © David Cross. Click image to enlarge

“For one month only – or until the cash runs out – all £10 donations made to Bayguide and other good causes through the Local Giving site will be doubled.  And if you are a UK taxpayer and tick the gift aid box, there’s a bit more added.  So your £10 becomes £20 or £21.67 with gift aid added.

“You can donate as much as you like but only £10 will be added — so if you want to help us more it’s better to get a friend to give another £10 than give us £20 yourself. If you are inclined to donate please do it now before the money runs out.”

All those donating must do so through Bayguide’s Local Giving page. The direct link is: localgiving.com/bayguide

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Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside

August 17, 2015 in Events, General, News

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay) © David Cross

Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay), a watercolour © David Cross. Click image to enlarge

We’re grateful to David Cross for sending us this wonderful watercolour of cartoonists in action at the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival. Click the image to enlarge and see how many cartoonists, and other great details, you can spot.

David, who curated the Outrage! exhibition at the Seaside Gallery, called the painting Shooting Cartoonists at the Seaside (Herne Bay).

He explains: “I was around all day, mainly taking photos and noticing all the other heavy-camera guys snapping away like crazy. I sat at the drawing board the next day and put it together from photos and memory and some invention.”

The photographer pictured at the front is George Wilson, a recorder of Herne Bay’s social and cultural life since the 1960s.

Fun in the sunshine at Herne Bay

August 10, 2015 in Events, General, News

Board by Rob Murray. Photo © Gerard Whyman

Board by Rob Murray. Photo © Gerard Whyman

The sun shone on the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival yet again this year. Here’s a selection of photos of the live-drawing day, 2 August, by Kasia Kowalski and Gerard Wyman.

Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Cartoonists at ease, at easels. Click image to enlarge. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Surreal McCoy and Cathy Simpson with the essential tools of the trade: pens. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Surreal McCoy and Cathy Simpson with the essential tools of the trade: pens. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Jeremy Banx at work. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Jeremy Banx at work. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

... and his finished board. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

… and his finished board. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Several flags by Banx, all with different seaside designs, were flown from the turrets of the Bandstand. Pic © Jeremy Banx

Several flags by Jeremy Banx, all with different seaside designs, were flown from the turrets of the Bandstand. Pic © Jeremy Banx

Here's another of the flags from a few days earlier, the festival launch, with Royston Robertson, Nathan Ariss and Be a Francis, 8. Photo © Brian Green for the Herne Bay Times

Here’s another of the flags from a few days earlier, the festival launch, with Royston Robertson, Nathan Ariss and Bea Francis, 6. Photo © Brian Green for the Herne Bay Times

Simon Ellinas draws caricatures. Photo © Gerard Whyman

Simon Ellinas draws caricatures. Alex Hughes also tirelessly drew festival-goers throughout the day. Photo © Gerard Whyman

The weather allowed cartoonists to display a range of silly hats. Left to right: Ger Wyman, Royston Robertson, Matt Buck. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The weather allowed cartoonists to display a range of silly hats. Left to right: Gerard Wyman, Royston Robertson, Matt Buck. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Tim Harries hosted a cartoon workshop. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Tim Harries hosted a cartoon workshop. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The illustrated man: Glen Marshall's board was more performance art than cartoon. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The illustrated man: Glen Marshall’s board was more performance art than cartoon. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Bill Stott's board tackled a favourite current obsession of the media: seagulls. Perfect for Herne Bay! Photo © Gerard Whyman

Bill Stott’s board tackled a favourite current obsession of the media: seagulls. Click to enlarge and read. Perfect for Herne Bay! Photo © Gerard Whyman

More seagulls by Royston Robertson. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

More seagulls by Royston Robertson. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Cartoonist Rob Murray does like to be beside the seaside. Photo © Gerard Whyman

Cartoonist Rob Murray does like to be beside the seaside. Photo © Gerard Whyman

One of the communal boards, with cartoons by Ger Wyman, Matt "Hack" Buck, Royston Robertson, Des Buckley, Tim Sanders and Nathan Ariss. Photo © Gerard Wyman

One of the communal boards, with cartoons by Ger Wyman, Matt “Hack” Buck, Royston Robertson, Des Buckley, Tim Sanders, Steve Way and Nathan Ariss. Click image to enlarge and read. Photo © Gerard Wyman

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival wouldn't be complete without a great seaside cartoon by The Independent's Dave Brown. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival wouldn’t be complete without a great seaside cartoon by The Independent’s Dave Brown. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

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Herne Bay: the exhibitions

August 9, 2015 in Events, General, News

Private view of the Lines in the Sand exhibition. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Private view of the Lines in the Sand exhibition. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Three exhibitions were held at the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival this year. Private views for two of those took place on 1 August, the day before the festival’s main live-drawing event. Photos by Kasia Kowalska and Gerard Whyman.

Photo © Gerard Whyman

Photo © Gerard Whyman

Photo © Kasia Kowalska

The Independent’s Dave Brown with his work. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Lines in the Sand, the main festival exhibition, featured work by more than 50 artists. There were cartoons on the subjects of seaside and surrealism, as is usual at Herne Bay, plus there was a room dedicated to cartoons on the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January. The book Draw the Line Here was on sale at the exhibition.

There was even some drawing on the walls by the cartoonists. Here's Nathan Ariss and Tim Sanders in action. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

There were lines drawn on the wall at the Lines in the Sand viewing. Here are cartoonists Nathan Ariss and Tim Sanders in action. Photos © Kasia Kowalska

There was also a viewing of the exhibition in tribute to the late Martin Honeysett at the Bay Art Gallery. That was opened by Sir Roger Gale, the Herne Bay MP.

Sir Roger Gale, the town's MP, opened the exhibition of Martin Honeysett cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Sir Roger Gale opened the exhibition of Martin Honeysett cartoons. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

One of Honeysett's timelessly brilliant cartoons. Photo © Gerard Whyman

One of Honeysett’s timelessly brilliant cartoons. Photo © Gerard Whyman

Sir Roger Gale with Steve Coombes, one of the festival organisers, and Penny Precious, Martin Honeysett's widow, who curated the exhibition. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Sir Roger Gale with Steve Coombes, one of the festival organisers, and Penny Precious, Martin Honeysett’s widow, who curated the exhibition. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

On the previous evening there was a viewing of Outrage! A brief history of offensive cartoons, the third festival exhibition, held at the Seaside Museum. It featured work from the British Cartoon Archive in Canterbury. But there was also a never-before-seen Ralph Steadman, his response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Steve Coombes at the Outrage! exhibition with Ralph Steadman's cartoon. Photo © Steve Coombes

Steve Coombes at the Outrage! exhibition with Ralph Steadman’s cartoon. Photo © Steve Coombes

As if all this wasn’t enough, for the first time this year the festival has a fringe exhibition! The One New Street gallery showed a small exhibition called Not Just Cartoons, featuring Glenn Marshall, Ingram Pinn and others.

Promotional mug at the One New Street Gallery, featuring Glenn Marshall. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

Promotional mug at the One New Street Gallery, featuring Glenn Marshall. Photo © Kasia Kowalska

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Honeysett in Herne Bay

July 28, 2015 in Events, General, News

Honeysett exhibition poster

An exhibition of cartoons by Martin Honeysett, who died in January, is now on in Herne Bay, as part of the cartoon festival. See poster above for details.

The work on show covers editorial and gag cartooning and illustration. It includes cartoons for Private Eye, Punch, New Statesman, The Oldie, Radio Times, Sunday Telegraph and the Observer.

The illustrative work includes collaborations with Sue Townsend, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Ivor Cutler. There are also drawings produced while Martin was a visiting professor at Kyoto Seika University and depictions of local scenes in Hastings, where he lived.

The cartoon in the poster above, which lampoons the town’s somewhat gappy pier, was drawn by Martin on a big board at the festival last year. Here he is at the all-important pencilling stage.

Martin Honeysett begins his big board cartoon at Herne Bay 2014

Martin Honeysett begins his big board cartoon at Herne Bay 2014

Cartoonists will be gathering in Herne Bay once again this weekend, and are sure to raise a glass to their departed and much-missed colleague.