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Kent basks in spring sunshine with the good weather set to continue


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Kent has been enjoying the spring sunshine with high streets and spots on the coast continuing to welcome back shoppers and tourists.

It's just under two weeks since non-essential retail, hair salons, nail bars and hospitality were able to reopen.

A busy Dymchurch amusement park
A busy Dymchurch amusement park
The good weather saw many head to attractions that have been closed for months
The good weather saw many head to attractions that have been closed for months

Pictures show hundreds of people flocking to amusements at the seaside and queuing to get tables at pubs.

Despite the sun shining, temperatures in the county have struggled to reach the mid-teens with a cool breeze adding to a chilly feel at times.

But forecasters say the bright spell will continue for a couple of days, with highs of 14c, before rain is expected by Wednesday.

While traders will be pleased to see a return of customers, some have expressed concern about a lack of social distancing.

One visitor to Dymchurch today said: "It was teeming. I've not seen people so cheek-to-cheek throughout the pandemic.

Lots of people were queuing to get an outside table at pubs in Rochester
Lots of people were queuing to get an outside table at pubs in Rochester
The bunting is out and shoppers have returned to the high street
The bunting is out and shoppers have returned to the high street

"There were hundreds and hundreds of people in that small space, massive crowds, no social distancing, it was a surprise to see.

"We wouldn't have gone into the venue with it that busy, it didn't look safe to us."

Meanwhile, scores of people have also been making the most of the sunny weather in Rochester.

Dozens have been flocking to the shops while others have been taking advantage of the rule-of-six at the pub.

Long queues could be seen outside one of the town's most popular boozers, the Ye Arrow in Boley Hill.

A stunning shot of Dover Castle. Picture: Claire Baker
A stunning shot of Dover Castle. Picture: Claire Baker
Dover Docks in the sunshine. Picture: Claire Baker
Dover Docks in the sunshine. Picture: Claire Baker

Current government guidelines say you should still stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, or one metre with extra protection like a face covering, if two metres is not possible.

The current rule-of-six only applies outside and hospitality venues must provide table service for outside eating and drinking.

The sun was shining on Conningbrook Lakes in Ashford
The sun was shining on Conningbrook Lakes in Ashford
There was plenty of room for social distancing at Samphire Hoe
There was plenty of room for social distancing at Samphire Hoe
Tourist attractions are able to welcome visitors back, this was taken at Hythe station. Picture: Richard Law
Tourist attractions are able to welcome visitors back, this was taken at Hythe station. Picture: Richard Law
The sky looks incredible at Dungeness. Picture: Caroline Warne
The sky looks incredible at Dungeness. Picture: Caroline Warne

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