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For 37 years it’s been my life, says centre manager

Kevin Pidwell with some of the team who lost their jobs.

People have been sharing their memories of a popular leisure centre which closed suddenly leaving customers devastated and 19 people unemployed.

Gs eye home games at Fleet

Gravesend Rugby Club want to play at the home of their footballing neighbours Ebbsfleet United.

Local player with high-tech edge

Over the past 11 years, Amax Estates and Property Services has become an important part of Gravesend’s commercial sector.

Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in town centre

Gravesend's clock tower in Harmer Street

Gangs hanging around one of the town’s most famous landmarks will be moved on in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Nations celebrate 400-year link

Wreath laying ceremony at Sir Thomas Smythe's tomb

Wreaths laid at the memorial of man in charge of the East India Company to celebrate the 400th anniversary of contact between Britain and Japan.

Fencing firm moves with the times

Malcolm Baker

For 85 years, Meopham Fencing Works has maintained a successful business as a fencing contractor and material supplier.

Once my Tamera beats her nerves, she’s going to fly

Tamera Foster on The X Factor

The sky is the limit for X Factor sensation Tamera Foster – if she can conquer her nerves, says her mother.

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of burglary

Stock picture.

Police were called at 1.20am this morning to reports of a suspected burglary on Thong Lane.

Steam tug turned around and went home

It was almost 20 years ago when the tug was acquired by the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust. Picture by Jason Arthur

The restored tug Challenge arrived at Gravesend last week - and when it couldn’t fit in St Katharine Docks went home again.

Choir seeks new members

The Marlowe singers are seeking new members

Gravesham’s longest running choir is seeking new members to boost its sound.

Man hopes good will come out of double tragedy

This is the face of a man who has suffered more pain and grief in the last decade that most deal with in a lifetime

Confidence Queen all smiles after TV Pride nomination

Genny Jones, of St Marks Avenue, Northfleet, nominated for a Pride of Britain Award

Genny Jones, 51, of St Mark’s Avenue, Northfleet, was put forward for her community workshops, inspiring others to be happy when they are feeling depr

Fire in shop at Bluewater

Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Stock image

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at Bluewater today.

Ex-teacher fails in bid to have sentence cut

Ex-teacher Samantha Burmis has been jailed for two years

An ex- teacher jailed for two years for deception and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice has failed in her bid to have her sentence reviewed.

Open weekend at Gravesham gyms

Cascades Leisure Centre in Gravesend

Three gyms around Gravesham are hosting open days this weekend so you can find out more.

Parents angry as pupils sent home from Academy

Parents furious after pupils sent home from a new academy after strict changes to the uniform rules - but head says like it or leave...

New crematorium will webcast funerals

An artist's impression of the new crematorium

A new crematorium fit for the 21st century will offer webcasts for mourners unable to attend a funeral.

Hope for Fleet Leisure

Fleet Leisure, Nelson Road, Northfleet

Gravesham council hopes to reopen Fleet Leisure centre “as quickly as possible”, it said this week.

Appeal after assault

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A 17-year-old was punched in the alleged attack and required hospital treatment for facial injuries.

Support on offer for autism

The National Autistic Society, Windmill Street, Gravesend. MP Adam Hollaway opens the centre with Derek and Pam Sales and Mark Lever.

A new day centre has opened for people with autism on Windmill Street in Gravesend.

Darent Valley Hospital to get winter cash

Stewart Cameron receives the treatment at Darent Valley Hospital. Picture: Nick Johnson

Darent Valley Hospital has been handed £4 million to cope with the rush on its strained A&E unit this winter.

Driver-less lorry crashes into school

The lorry crashed through the gates into Northfleet Technology College

An 'out-of-control' HGV crashed through school gates and across the field into a tree this afternoon.

Child taken to hospital after crash

Police close off a road near the crash

A young boy has been taken to hospital after he was hit by a car this morning.

We don’t want hostel for the homeless here

The Rising Sun pub

The Sisters of Mercy want to convert the Rising Sun pub in Seymour Road, Northfleet, into somewhere for up to 12 homeless people to live.

Gravesend campaigners vow to march on Downing Street

Supporters of a campaign to raise awareness of a little girl's cancer battle want to take their message to 10 Downing Street.

Celebrating 100 years of town centre trading

The Gravesend store in 1961

A familiar landmark in Gravesend town centre marks its centenary in a three-day extravaganza.

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