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Saga plans to launch two new ships over the next three years to add to the Saga Pearl II, pictured

Growth buoys ship building plans

Saga, the over-50s holiday and insurance company, remains on track for a fourth straight year of growth as it plans to build two new ships.

Town to get its fifth McDonald's

The McDonald's drive-through in Orbital Park

McDonald’s is planning to open a new drive-thru- its fifth restaurant in a Kent town.

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River services to ferry Londoners to resort

Developers hope the resort will be open - without the Paramount branding - in 2023

Theme park developers have signed an agreement with operators of river services up the Thames to carry passengers between London and the site in Kent.

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Pub named best in Kent for third time

From left, Ellie Hayward, landlord David Davenport and bar manager Sharon Hayward. Last year the pub won five categories in the Worth a Butchers competition

A bar is officially one of the top 16 in the country after its atmosphere, style and service impressed judges.

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Dickens mansion cuts sale price by £2m

Bleak House in Broadstairs

A Grade II listed mansion where Charles Dickens wrote David Copperfield has knocked £2 million off its sale price after failing to find a buyer.

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Jobs fair to offer 2,100 roles

More than 5,000 people have attended the Bluewater jobs fair in previous years

Jobseekers can apply for more than 2,100 roles at a shopping centre this week.

Fraud probe Gills vice-chairman vetted by league

Andy Frampton, vice-chairman Michael Anderson and Adam Barrett when Gillingham were crowned champions of League 2 in 2013

The ex-vice-chairman of Gillingham FC, who stepped down after allegations of fraud in the US, was approved by league officials in the past year.

Kick-off anticipated for new sports project

Artist's impression of the planned new Dover Leisure Centre at Whitfield. Picture: Dover District Council

A £26 million leisure centre has been approved by a council cabinet.

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Old quarry? It's a fishing and sports ‘jewel in crown’

The blue lake in Halling

Plans are afoot to transform a former cement quarry into 'Kent's premier fishing and water sports attraction'.

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Battle of the beaches as we compare two seaside towns

Southend: Postcard of the seafront

Sun, sea and sand.Two rival resorts share the same ingredients. But that is where the similarities end.

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Blast off for long-awaited £3m pub

The Gunpowder Mill is run by Marston's Brewery.

A much-anticipated pub has opened its doors for the first time after a multi-million pound investment from Marston's Brewery.

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Good news for pub regulars as rebuilding work to start

Fire crews at the Hooden on the Hill pub. Picture: Louise Kennett

Work to rebuild a historic pub which was devastated by fire is set to start next month.

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McDonald's to close for digital refit

A drive-thru McDonald's will close for a £1 million pound upgrade, it has been revealed days after another reopened following a makeover.

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Hungry students back takeaway app in £150k campaign

UniRunners founder Stephen Connell, left, and Karim Clarke at work

A former student and his pal are halfway towards securing a £150,000 investment for their takeaway app which has been downloaded by 6,000 people.

Future of air show in doubt

Action from this year's air show. Picture: Adrian Bennett

Organisers of one of Kent's most popular events say spiralling costs are threatening its future.

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Harvester restaurant damned by food hygiene inspectors

The David Copperfield Harvester, Broadstairs. Pic: Google maps

A Harvester restaurant closed its doors for a 'thorough cleaning' and staff retraining after being rated zero by the Food Standards Agency.

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Popular pub sold

The True Briton pub in Folkestone

A seaside pub is under new ownership.

Sudden closure shock of popular family attraction

New owners Martin and Tracy Dunne said the closure was due to "unforeseen circumstances"

Owners of a popular family attraction say it is with "great regret" they have had to close their business with immediate effect.

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