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Kent Miners' Festival will be at Tilmanstone Welfare Ground this Bank Holiday Monday.

By Emily Stott

Kent Miners’ Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

It takes place on Monday (August 25) at Tilmanstone Welfare Ground, Adelaide Road, Eythorne, from 10am till 5pm.

Last year's Kent Miners Festival

There will be entertainment from both Colliery Brass Bands, KC’s dancers, guest singers and the talented Come Together Band, as well as tribute act Elvis Pricely who is back by popular demand.

Gary Cox, chairman of the Kent Miners’ Festival said: “With free admission, the festival gives something back to the people who live within our surrounding communities, offering music, displays and activities for all members of the family, young and old, to enjoy.”

The heritage teams from across the four Kent Collieries have been working hard all year to put together a special mining exhibition.

This includes a commemoration of the mining community in the First World War.

There will be boxing, football, stalls, a fun fair, crafts and delicious food on offer.

A Circus Arts Workshop will also be available to entertain as well as a Fun Dog Show.

The Charity and Health Marquee will provide information about the work of local organisations and the services on offer as well as health information.

The Heritage Team organising the mining exhibition for Kent Miners Festival

Mr Cox added: “I have to thank many sponsors this year for making this all possible.

“My committee would like to thank Hadlow College for being this year’s main sponsor and are pleased to say that Hadlow’s Mark Lumden-Taylor will be opening the festival this year for us.

“Thanks also to DDC Level one funding, U.N.I.T.E and several branches for sponsoring the Heritage Marquee, ASLEF, Sussex LLC, and Thompsons Solicitors, have all been generous sponsors and without their support this free community festival would not take place.

“We are also extremely grateful for the support from the Sittingbourne EMUS, Beech Grove Community, Tilmanstone Salads and many other local groups and individuals from around the villages of Tilmanstone, too many to mention all.

“All we need now is for you all to come along and enjoy a fantastic family day out.”

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