Margate (song)

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Margate cover.jpg
Single by Chas & Dave
from the album Job Lot
Released 11 July 1982
Format Vinyl
Genre Rockney, Novelty
Length 2:23
Label Rockney
Songwriter(s) Chas & Dave
Chas & Dave singles chronology
"Ain't No Pleasing You"
"London Girls"

"Margate" is a song from the album Job Lot by Chas & Dave. It was released as a single on 11 July 1982 and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 67. The song stayed in the charts for 4 weeks and peaked at number 46 on 24 July 1982.


As depicted in the accompanying video, the song is about a coach trip to the traditional seaside attractions of Margate in Kent. Unusually, the verse and chorus are in different keys (D major and G major respectively).

The song was used in a series of adverts for Courage Best Bitter, however, unlike other Chas & Dave songs also used for other Courage adverts, the song was written specifically for the advert first. The advertising agency requested that Chas & Dave write a song for their adverts using the tune from the chorus of their song "Massage Parlour", but with lyrics about a trip to Margate. The advert proved popular, and Chas & Dave then wrote the full lyrics for the song, recorded and released it as a single.[1]

In other media

It is used in the popular Only Fools & Horses episode "The Jolly Boys' Outing" (1989) with minor lyric changes from the single version and the voices of David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst added.


Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 46

See also


  1. ^ Hodges, Chas (October 2009). "Chapter 24: No Pleasin' You". Chas and Dave: All About Us. ISBN 9781857828269.
  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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