'Whitstable is a stirring little town, with strong business proclivities, and a history stretching far back into the remote past.' So wrote a Kentish Gazette correspondent in 1873, although he could have been writing of Whitstable today. Roman soldiers are thought to have dined on its oysters, and the area was certainly settled at the time of the Domesday Book. Over the years, the lives of Whitstable's people have been inextricably linked with the sea. Sea salt production, diving, smuggling, shipbuilding and fishing have all sustained the lives of the townspeople, along with copperas mining and tourism. Today, Whitstable is a vibrant and creative town with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and pubs, but it retains its working harbour and its people have a strong sense of pride in this 'stirring little town', and the bright, prosperous future before it.
Kerry Mayo, a freelance photographer local to Whitstable, has built a career around capturing seascapes and landscapes of the picturesque town in which she lives. A published writer, Kerry is a member of Whitstable Women Writers group and has featured work in their anthology, The People's Friend and two local interest websites. She has also compiled two novels, which are currently being considered by publishing agents. In her spare time, Kerry loves researching about the town's history and over the years has developed a strong network of contacts to rely on for historical sources and facts. Not only is she well known in the town, but it is from a few select friends she has acquired during years of research that she will be obtaining a portion of her old photograph collection from for the title.