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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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