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Kent in the 1980s: Classic pictures from across the county

Life really was different back in the 1980s.

Forget smartphones and the internet - CDs only arrived three years into the decade.

Maidstone River Festival in 1987
Maidstone River Festival in 1987
Three glamorous TV stars were brought in to help push the sale of Mountbatten House in 1985. The Chatham skyscraper had remained empty in the 11 years since its completion and Fiona Fullerton, Anneka Rice and Diane Keane (left to right) were drafted in to promote it to businesses.
Three glamorous TV stars were brought in to help push the sale of Mountbatten House in 1985. The Chatham skyscraper had remained empty in the 11 years since its completion and Fiona Fullerton, Anneka Rice and Diane Keane (left to right) were drafted in to promote it to businesses.
Inside the Warehouse nightclub in Maidstone in the 1980s. Picture: Mick Clark
Inside the Warehouse nightclub in Maidstone in the 1980s. Picture: Mick Clark
Miss Riceman Anne Nash with runners up Zena Richards and Rosalind Hanks in April 1984
Miss Riceman Anne Nash with runners up Zena Richards and Rosalind Hanks in April 1984
The Queen smiled happily at the crowds in Canterbury when she was in the city to open Cathedral House, the administrative hub of the cathedral in March 1987
The Queen smiled happily at the crowds in Canterbury when she was in the city to open Cathedral House, the administrative hub of the cathedral in March 1987

It was a tumultuous time. Britain went to war, historic industries were shut down and the weather went wild.

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