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    An American Serviceman from Ramsgate. That was the call that went out after a secret?

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    Background: An American Serviceman from Ramsgate. That was the call that went out after a secret meeting of the seaside town council on Tuesday, July 30.

    The Aldermen and Councillors of the Kent town have decided on two courses of action.

    Move No. 1. will be for the Council to approach the U.S. Air Force authorities at the nearby Manston United States Air Force Base and ASK them to impose the ban.

    If this has no effect, Move No. 2. will be a direct approach to the Government.

    After the meeting, the Ramsgate Town Clerk, Mr. K. F. Speakman, said "The Council has resolved that an immediate appeal be made to the U.S. authorities for the placing of the Borough of Ramsgate out of bounds for all American personnel".

    The boundaries of the Borough extend from Broadstairs on one side to Sandwich on the other and inland as far as Manston village.

    One councillor said after the secret meeting: "We discussed the matter in committee because we did not want any adverse publicity".

    Members felt that Ramsgate's popularity as a holiday resort was being affected by the behaviour of some American Service men.

    Seafront traders and many boarding house keepers have claimed that they are being hit by trouble caused by coloured Americans.

    When a camera team visited Ramsgate soon after the decision of the Council had been made known, they found the majority opinion on the side of the local governing body.......

    The other side of the picture was given by the Commander of the 406th Squadron stationed at Manston, Colonel Herman F. Smith, who said .....

    "The servicemen themselves appear to be boycotting the town since the announcement. When the camera team was in Ramsgate, only ten coloured airmen visited the town - the other 90 preferring to stay in camp".

    The August 1. edition of "The Sabre" - the Manston base newspaper - which carries the barrier headline, "Manston - Best Base in U.K.", made no comment on the proposed ban, but carried numerous advertisements for Ramsgate cinemas.

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