[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/96249?ns=guardian&pageName=Letters%3A+Margate+is+not+a+wasteland%3AArticle%3A1305047&ch=Travel&c3=Guardian&c4=Margate+%28travel%29%2CTS+Eliot%2CTravel%2CBooks%2CArt+%28visual+arts+only%29%2CArt+and+design%2CTheatre%2CStage&c6=&c7=09-Nov-16&c8=1305047&c9=Article&c10=Letter&c11=Travel&c13=&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FTravel%2FMargate[/img]David Lodge is correct when he assumes "another ... pilgrim" visited the Margate shelter prior to your correspondent Stephen Moss: it was the artist Bethan Huws. This summer she was commissioned by Turner Contemporary and Stour Valley Arts to create a work about Margate. However, according to Louise Garrett who has written about Bethan Huws: "The words 'False Teeth' were chosen for this site not in relation to TS Eliot but rather as a reference to the 26 windows in the shelter. This is approximately the number of teeth in the human mouth and is also the number of letters in the alphabet." A second Margate shelter contains the text "Do we accuse the cook of not being an artist; because she did not make the vegetables? She makes things with her vegetables". As Samuel Beckett said: "Make sense who may."
• April may be the cruellest month, but it was unfair of Stephen Moss to expect a great deal of any English seaside resort in November (Will the muse meet me in Margate? G2, 9 November). In fact Margate is looking pretty chipper these days, despite unkind remarks from metropolitan types. The Turner gallery is going ahead, after only a few vicissitudes, and Dreamland, which Moss calls "the town's nightmarish leisure park", has been the subject of an Artangel commission, is now listed by English Heritage and will, with luck, be restored by the Prince's Regeneration Trust. The Theatre Royal is the second oldest theatre in the UK, after the Bristol Old Vic, a charming and operational Georgian gem. The Eliot shelter can only help.
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