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Maidstone pub The Wheatsheaf on corner of Loose Road and Sutton Road to be demolished

This Saturday sees the end of an era.

Rossa and Renee Kenny who have run The Wheatsheaf pub in Maidstone for more than 35 years are retiring.

Rossa and Renee Kenny
Rossa and Renee Kenny

Furthermore, the pub itself is closing, bringing to an end 170 years of history.

Mr and Mrs Kenny, who took on the pub in 1984, have held an old folks party every Christmas for those in need or on their own and they are well known in the community.

They have also continuously fundraised for local charities, including Heart Of Kent Hospice and the Alzheimers Society. They are presenting a final cheque to the Alzheimers Society on Saturday - their last night.

The pub has been purchased by KCC and will be demolished to make way for a new roundabout at the junction between Loose Road and Sutton Road (the A229 and A274).

The Wheatsheaf junction is a notorious traffic blackspot, but the demolition of the iconic pub raises an important question - what will the junction be called in the future?

The Wheatsheaf pub at the junction of the Loose Road and Sutton Road
The Wheatsheaf pub at the junction of the Loose Road and Sutton Road
Traffic at The Wheatsheaf, Maidstone Picture: Matthew Walker
Traffic at The Wheatsheaf, Maidstone Picture: Matthew Walker

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