I remember the "Black Minstrel" very well.
The picture shows Wave Crest devoid of beach huts
confirming that it was taken around '47/48 but he was a
summer visitor to Whitstable long before that.
I remember him from the mid '30s. Dad (Tom Harman) knew
him quite well. On a Sunday, he would come down from
London and work his way along Nelson Rd and Island Wall,
singing and playing his banjo. This would bring him to the
Neptune or Guinea at around noon. After this, he would
continue to entertain at the beach front.
I do not recall his name but, in Whitstable, the name
he was given, would not have been his real one!