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How Kent's seaside towns have changed over the years

How Kent's seaside towns have changed over the years

Kent has lots to celebrate today, including its Blue Flag beaches, so we've taken a look back at how the county's seaside towns have changed.

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Prison officer whistle-blowing review launched

Prison officer whistle-blowing review launched

The government's top man for justice has announced he is to review into the way prison service employees report concerns.

Is Sheppey the next Whitstable?

Is Sheppey the next Whitstable?

Caravan parks on Sheppey have bounced back from Covid-19, leading some to wonder is the sun-kissed Isle is Kent's next tourist destination.

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Soft play centre switches to nursery

Soft play centre switches to nursery

The mother and daughter duo behind a soft play centre for children have switched business models in order to survive after coronavirus disruption.

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Bikers ride in memory of teenage boy

Bikers ride in memory of teenage boy

A procession of motorbikes gathered to mark the birthday of a 'happy-go-lucky' teenage boy who died of a heart attack.

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Carnival fever off as parade cancelled

Carnival fever off as parade cancelled

Organisers of an annual carnival parade have announced this year's event will be cancelled due to coronavirus.

Deadmans Island: A tale of human remains

Deadmans Island: A tale of human remains

Bones, teeth and coffins are scattered in a place off the Kent coast but few know the reason they are there - this is the story of Deadman's Island.

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Engineers come up with brilliant 'beach feet' to keep the coast clean

Engineers come up with brilliant 'beach feet' to keep the coast clean

When retired HGV driver Tony Valentine saw a sign saying Leave nothing on the beach but your foot prints it gave him a stunning idea for the seaside.

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Parking concession announced for shoppers

Parking concession announced for shoppers

Town centre visitors and shoppers will be given 30 minutes grace from this weekend after councillors approved an urgent motion.

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Kent arrest leads to murder charges

Kent arrest leads to murder charges

A man has been charged in a London murder investigation after armed police operation.

Wartime relic faces demolition

Wartime relic faces demolition

This covered way protected the public from a wartime coastal rifle range. But now it is falling apart and faces demolition. Should it be saved?

Armed police swoop on town centre high street

Armed police swoop on town centre high street

A man has been arrested in connection with a London murder after armed officers sealed off a seaside town centre.

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Natural burial ground opens in remote rural location

Natural burial ground opens in remote rural location

A natural final resting place, surrounded by fields of crops, has finally opened after years of campaigning.

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£100k for High Street remains in bank account

£100k for High Street remains in bank account

Traders are up in arms because £100k earmarked to help them compete with an out-of-town shopping centre has still not been spent after eight years.

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Firm announces job cuts

Firm announces job cuts

A pharmaceuticals business has confirmed 26 jobs are to disappear after the firm announced it was undergoing a restructure.

'He was a cheeky chap who lit up the room'

'He was a cheeky chap who lit up the room'

The heartbroken family of a 14-year-old boy who died suddenly have paid tribute.

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Fitness instructor launches gym wear for women

Fitness instructor launches gym wear for women

A personal fitness trainer has used his time in lockdown to create a new range of gym wear for women.

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Lifeboat helmsman's surprise on first rescue mission

Lifeboat helmsman's surprise on first rescue mission

Liam Sidders was desperate to perform well on his first mission as an RNLI helmsman. But then the man in the sea turned out to be something different.

Mayor, 76, reveals Skype secrets of council meetings

Mayor, 76, reveals Skype secrets of council meetings

Keeping councillors in check has been described like herding cats. But this mayor has discovered the knack at 76.

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Rotarians to host world pig racing championships

Rotarians to host world pig racing championships

A Kent Rotary club which had to cancel its beer festival because of coronavirus has come up with a 'crackling' idea to bring home the bacon.

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