Kent

Work begins on derelict pavilion on Ramsgate seafront

Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate
Image caption The pavilion, which opened in 1904, had most recently been used as a casino

Repairs have begun on a derelict seafront landmark in Kent.

The Royal Victoria Pavilion in Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, has been empty for two years.

The building is owned by Thanet District Council but the work will be carried out by the Rank gaming group, which leases the site.

The pavilion, which opened in 1904, had most recently been used as a casino. Work will include roof repairs as well as redecoration.

Regeneration councillor Roger Latchford said: "This is a hugely iconic building and an important public landmark on Ramsgate seafront that local people will be familiar with.

"We're hopeful that this work will be the start of a process that will eventually lead to further regeneration of the seafront and reoccupation of the building."

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