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Final Heart breakfast with James and Becky broadcasts from Whitstable studio

For almost 20 years he has been waking up Kent but today, James Heming has broadcast his final show on Heart.

Since moving to the county in 1997 to join the then Invicta FM he has been a familiar voice to many as they get ready for work or the school run.

Ahead of the closure of Heart Kent's studios in Whitstable next week, James and co-host Becky Ives have presented their final show.

Scroll to hear James' final message to listeners

James Heming and Becky Ives bid farewell to Heart last week (10020576)
James Heming and Becky Ives bid farewell to Heart last week (10020576)

Listeners have been expressing their sadness at the news on social media.

The pair have been on air together since 2014 after he was previously partnered with Ali Wheeler, Nicolette Bassam, Gemma Shepherd and Charlie O'Brien.

Earlier this week James tweeted a note to listeners thanking them for their support saying: "You have been incredible. Thank you for listening for all these years, or weeks or months if you are new to Heart."

He also praised his real life wife Claire for doing 20 years of school runs and joking that she never knew if she was going to end up being talked about on air the following day.

An online petition set up to try and keep James and Becky on the breakfast show attracted around 1,000 signatures but last week it was confirmed the national show replacing them would be hosted by Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.

The closure of Heart Kent means kmfm will be the only commercial radio station based in and broadcasting shows to the whole of Kent.

Recent figures show they have their highest ever audience with 210,000 people tuning in each week.

You can listen to kmfm online, via smart speaker and the kmfm app - you can also watch kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura on KMTV.

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