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The Kent woman who created a children’s classic still loved today

The Kent woman who created a children’s classic still loved today

28 January 2024

150 years ago a woman was born in Kent who would go on to create one of the most iconic children’s characters.

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‘Wet T-shirts and smoking indoors - Kent nights out were different in the 80s and 90s’

‘Wet T-shirts and smoking indoors - Kent nights out were different in the 80s and 90s’

28 January 2024

There were some “electrifying” nights out in Kent back in the 1980s and 1990s, when people could still smoke indoors and celebrities came to town.

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‘I met my wife there – it saddens me to see it demolished’

‘I met my wife there – it saddens me to see it demolished’

08 January 2024

A clubbing hotspot of more than five decades has been demolished but it has sparked plenty of good memories for former ravers.

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Review of 2023: Will London Resort, Manston Airport or Lower Thames Crossing finally make progress?

Review of 2023: Will London Resort, Manston Airport or Lower Thames Crossing finally make progress?

28 December 2023

In the second part of our review of the year, we take a look at a trilogy of long-running sagas and ask if an end is, finally, in sight?

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Kent festivals and events we have lost over the years

Kent festivals and events we have lost over the years

27 December 2023

After the recent scrapping of a popular air display, we look back at the other Kent festivals and events we have waved goodbye to.

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Review of 2023: Superstars, strikes and a summer that disappointed

Review of 2023: Superstars, strikes and a summer that disappointed

27 December 2023

In the first of a three-part look back over the last 12 months, we start with the weather, relentless strikes and a farewell to a TV favourite.

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‘You’d never dare do that nowadays’: Nurse reflects on 50 years in the NHS

‘You’d never dare do that nowadays’: Nurse reflects on 50 years in the NHS

25 December 2023

A nurse celebrating half a century of service in the NHS has looked back on the key moments which have shaped her career.

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Christmas pyjamas and the air fryer among 12 ‘products of the decade’

Christmas pyjamas and the air fryer among 12 ‘products of the decade’

04 October 2023

From air fryers to flat caps and flamingos – John Lewis has identified 12 products it thinks define our shopping habits over the last 10 years.

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50 popular Christmas toys since 1973

50 popular Christmas toys since 1973

22 September 2023

The most popular Christmas toys to have topped children’s wish lists since 1973 have been revealed by Argos – but how many of them do you remember?

When smell of brewing filled the air and staff got daily beer quota

When smell of brewing filled the air and staff got daily beer quota

13 September 2023

We look back at the heyday of beer-making, when brewery drivers drank all day and apprentices were rolled around in barrels.

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Sheppey Crossing crash: Miracle how nobody died in Britain’s biggest pile-up

Sheppey Crossing crash: Miracle how nobody died in Britain’s biggest pile-up

05 September 2023

To mark the 10th anniversary of Britain’s biggest-ever-pile-up we spoke to those injured and involved in the Sheppey Crossing crash.

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The forgotten histories of Kent’s shopping centre sites

The forgotten histories of Kent’s shopping centre sites

27 August 2023

We have all visited the county’s big shopping centres – but have you ever asked yourself what used to be on the sites upon which they now stand?

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Story behind historic Kent ice cream shop with plans to go global

Story behind historic Kent ice cream shop with plans to go global

21 August 2023

After the launch of its latest Kent venue, we look back at the rich history and humble beginnings of a famous ice cream shop.

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‘I once confidently predicted mobile phones would never catch on’

‘I once confidently predicted mobile phones would never catch on’

19 August 2023

Is size really everything? For smartphones it seems to be – but we can’t make our minds up whether bigger or smaller is better.

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When diners ate in former morgue

When diners ate in former morgue

16 August 2023

We look back at some of the County Town’s favourite lost restaurants, including one in a reputed former mortuary.

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‘It wasn’t a day out without a trip to the Rotunda’

‘It wasn’t a day out without a trip to the Rotunda’

12 August 2023

Our columnist recalls one seaside town’s beachside amusement park – once a must-visit destination.

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Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

Which pub is the oldest in Kent?

06 August 2023

Debate has raged for centuries over which pub is the oldest in the county – here we look at those with the strongest claims...

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From nightclubs and theme park to luxury homes and iconic Spoons

From nightclubs and theme park to luxury homes and iconic Spoons

06 August 2023

Once it pulled in thousands of visitors – now a short walk will take you along one of the most remarkable history-rich promenades in the country.

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Tragic air ambulance crash remembered 25 years on

Tragic air ambulance crash remembered 25 years on

26 July 2023

The county was plunged into mourning a quarter of a century ago after an emergency chopper crashed, killing three, just a minute away from its base.

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When our beaches rocked to Radio 1’s legendary roadshows

When our beaches rocked to Radio 1’s legendary roadshows

23 July 2023

Did you attend Radio 1’s summer roadshows when they headed into the county? On their 50th anniversary, we speak to the man behind them.

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