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Marston’s Inns pub, Ebbsfleet Academy sixth-form centre and Cherry Orchard Primary all open

The Spring River pub and hotel had a grand opening with live music and an appearance by Mayor of Swanscombe Cllr Lorna Cross, who cut a ribbon.

The Marston’s Inns branch in Ebbsfleet Garden City has 104 rooms and offers food as well as drinks.

Mayor of Swanscombe and Greenhithe Cllr Lorna Cross declares the pub officially open with help from general manager Joe McDiarmid and staff. Picture Simon Hildrew

Mayor of Swanscombe and Greenhithe Cllr Lorna Cross declares the pub officially open with help from general manager Joe McDiarmid and staff. Picture: Simon Hildrew

Amanda Muir, part of the management team, said: “The opening went very well and we had really positive feedback.

“Lots of people came down and sat in the garden to have a drink and be nosey.”

Ebbsfleet Academy now has a sixth-form centre, known as EA6, which was opened by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson.

The site in Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, welcomed more than 30 teenagers to study a mix of A-levels and the International Baccalaureate programme.

Richard Smith and Kieran Reeves behind the bar at The Spring River. Picture Simon Hildrew

Richard Smith and Kieran Reeves behind the bar at The Spring River. Picture: Simon Hildrew

A spokesman for the school said: “We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of our sixth-form for some time.

“It’s nice to be able to offer our students the next step in their school career.

“Gareth Johnson gave a really inspiring speech, which was lovely for the students to hear.”

Sixth form lead tutor Rick Purvis, Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and assistant principal Sara Poolman with students at EA6. Picture Simon Hildrew

Sixth form lead tutor Rick Purvis, Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and assistant principal Sara Poolman with students at EA6. Picture: Simon Hildrew

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy opened on Wednesday. It is part of Leigh Academies Trust.

Children and parents were invited to look around the school, meet staff and explore the new building on Tuesday afternoon, with Year 1 and 2 children starting school full-time the next day. 

Head boy Sam Goodman cuts the ribbon to declare EA6 open, helped by MP Gareth Johnson and assistant principal Sara Poolman. Picture Simon Hildrew

Head boy Sam Goodman cuts the ribbon to declare EA6 open, helped by MP Gareth Johnson and assistant principal Sara Poolman. Picture: Simon Hildrew

Children in reception class will attend part-time for the first few weeks of term, building up to full-time hours by the fourth week.

Look out for another article on KentOnline and in the Gravesend and Dartford Messengers, giving a look inside Cherry Orchard Primary, in the near future. 

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