Thanet loses an environmental champion as Eileen Randall passes away

Eileen and Oggle the goose, Christmas 1980

Eileen Randall, one of Pegwell’s greatest environmental champions, has died at the age of 90.
Eileen was one of the founder members of the Pegwell & District Association, set up in 1987 in response to plans for a railway line running through the bay and West Cliff foreshore to Ramsgate harbour.
That scheme was defeated, as was a proposal for a road that would effectively have destroyed the bay’s fragile environment. If it had not been for Eileen and her friends in the association, Pegwell would be a very different place to what it is today and we have so much for which to thank her.
Her cliff-top home, Driftwood, which she shared with husband Derek until he passed away in 2015, served as both centre of operations for the association – a CPRE member – and venue for parties and summer fairs as its flourishing social scene developed.
Eileen’s health prevented her being involved with the association in later years, but her love of Pegwell never waned.
She passed on Monday, April 27, and leaves behind sons Christopher and Julian.

  • For a deeper appreciation of Eileen and her efforts to protect Pegwell, see here

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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