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Dame Kelly Holmes to open Escape Kent in Canterbury

A brand new live escape game will be officially opened by Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.

Escape Kent will open its doors in Canterbury in time for Halloween on Friday, October 28 and Kelly will be the first competitor through the door.

The immersive game sees teams attempt to decipher challenges and puzzles to make their escape and the themes range from being kidnapped by a serial killer to stopping an alien invasion - the creators say it will feel like you are in the middle of a Hollywood film.

Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes

A competition on Escape Kent's Facebook page to guess the celebrity opening the game was won by Rachael Barrow, who will compete against Kelly on October 28.

Three others won discounts after successfully guessing it was Kelly who would be the first to swing open the door.

Kelly, who grew up in Kent, won two gold medals for the 800 metres and 1500 metres at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and was awarded a DBE for her service to athletics in 2005.

The 46-year-old joined the army at 18, for which she was awarded her MBE, but returned to full-time athletics in 1997.

In a statement on Escape Kent's Facebook page, they said: "A big thanks to everyone who took part in Escape Kent's competition. For those who didn't work out which celeb will be opening us on Fri 28th October, here goes....DAME KELLY HOLMES!!!

"We are extremely proud and grateful to be having the Olympian (and her team) be the first to attempt to escape our rooms 'Kidnapped' and 'Alien Attack'.

"For those of you that entered the competition, thanks once more."

Teams range from two people to eight and costs range from £13.75 per person to £22.50, but they can cater for larger groups.

For more information visit their Facebook page by clicking here or their website by clicking here.

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