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Folkestone's Harbour Arm set to officially open Good Friday

The Folkestone Harbour Arm will officially be open for business from this weekend.

After being closed over the winter months, the 2019 season will launch on Good Friday, with a mix of food and drink stalls set to open, both inside the corridor and outside.

Live music and entertainment are also on the menu - with a performance from folk band Gentlemen of Few scheduled to kick start the summer programme.

Hundreds of people are expected to visit the seafront over the weekend.
Hundreds of people are expected to visit the seafront over the weekend.

An Easter egg hunt for children will also take place.

Major renovations have been made to both the Harbour Arm and the Harbour Station over the last few years, with millions being spent by the Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company (FHSDC).

Last year repairs at the station, which was first opened in 1850, were made to the dilapidated platforms and the canopies, which were restored to their former glory.

The track-bed and signal box were also refurbished and wooden seating added to bring the space back to use.

The harbour arm has also received an upgrade in recent years, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town's front each year.

The restoration forms part of FHSDC's seafront masterplan which includes an array of shops, cafés, bars and 1,000 homes.

This Friday will see performances from Gentlemen of Few, BBC Radio 2's Folk Award Finalists who play an eclectic blend of Indie Folk and alternative rock. They will play on the Harbour Arm between 2pm-4pm.

Folkestone's Harbour Arm. Credit William Keeler
Folkestone's Harbour Arm. Credit William Keeler

Then between 7pm-1am there will be a Dj set from Discorama.

On Saturday there will be live must from acoustic duo Migden and Gibson between 2pm-4pm, and then a Dj set from Dolly Doowop's Dance Club between 9pm-1am.

An Easter Egg Hunt will kick off Sunday's fun between 12pm-5pm, followed by music from The Hot Potatoes between 2pm-4pm.

Rounding off the Easter weekend is a DJ set from Rev starting at 9pm. Bands will play on the arm, while DJ sets play in the bar of the Waiting Room.

Other planned events for the season include a pop up market in the Harbour Station and the return of the outdoor cinema, with a full programme being released in early May.

A spokesman for the Harbour Arm said: "We are delighted to announce that the official 2019 Season at Folkestone Harbour Arm will begin April 19.

"We’re looking forward to building on the success of our work last year to make 2019 the most amazing season yet."

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