Thursday, 12 May 2011


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Former Big Brother contestant 'Nasty' Nick Bateman officially completed his move to Thanet last weekend. The reality TV star who wrote the book How to Be a Right Bastard revealed he was moving to 'Planet Thanet' on his Twitter account earlier this month, telling his followers that he was "moving house shortly and packing boxes for move to Thanet, only 9 miles away."

Eagle-eyed local news hounds will not be surprised by this news, as Nick Bateman was interviewed in the Thanet Gazette last month telling journalist Paul McMullan that he was considering buying The Constitutional Club in Cecil Square and opening it up as a new private members' club in Margate, modelling it after the upmarket Soho House private members' club in London.

"The future for Margate is bright and I plan to invest in that future," Nick said, who is currently a travel and property blogger for the KM Group, adding that he anticipated that many authors and artists will be attracted to Thanet during the next decade, thanks largely to the opening of the Turner Contemporary. Clearly, since Nick has now moved here, it's shown he's willing to put his money where his mouth is, so Thanet's prospects do seem to be on the up among the media hoi polloi.

I personally think it's great that media personalities like 'Nasty' Nick are finally seeing the potential in our area, so I welcome the fact that we have a (sort of) celebrity in our midst. I've also noticed that Nick's actually following me on Twitter, so the man clearly has impeccable taste in online reading habits! Anyway - welcome to Thanet, Nick! All you need now is a 'status dog' and I'm sure you'll be right at home!

1 comment:

  1. Them that know should note that the Constitutional Club is now being run by another local businessman, "Justin Ferber".