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Land Rover sales boost turnover at Barretts Group in Canterbury and Ashford

Strong sales of Land Rover vehicles boosted turnover at family-owned car retailer which has been trading for more than a century. Barretts Group, which has dealerships in Canterbury and Ashford, saw turnover increase by 10.1% last year to £155.5 million up, from £141.2 million. Managing director Paul Barrett, the fourth-generation of his family to run the firm, hailed the performance of …

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Herne Bay woman Sonya McCulla said she had planted bombs

A middle-age woman posed as a terrorist and sparked full scale bomb alerts after claiming to have planted bombs in Canterbury. Sonya McCulla, 51, stole a mobile phone from a train and then used it to phone in the threats. She told police and fire services that devices had been planted at Canterbury Cathedral, the council offices, the rail stations, and …

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Barton Court is dropping the International Baccalaureate

Barton Court has ditched its International Baccalaureate programme for money reasons caused by a declining uptake. In a letter to parents before the Easter holiday, the grammar in Longport told them the programme ran at “a significant financial loss to the school”. Since introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2007, the number of pupils wishing to take it has steadily …

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Spoiling what’s left of our lovely city

We are disappointed that the city council decided to dispose of yet another public lavatory for what seems to us to be a paltry sum when set against the needs of visitors to the city, shoppers and tourists. If the council is short of £198,000 then surely it should use its healthy reserves rather than remove another public asset. Also, …

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OK, fine: It’s ‘do as I say, not as l do’

As a piece of high farce, it cannot be surpassed: Council chief executive Colin Carmichael parks his hulking Jaguar on double yellow lines specifically painted on a section of the North Lane car park to reinforce the fact that drivers cannot park there. The chief has owned up and paid his modest fine. In doing so, he argues that he …

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Council chief executive ticketed for illegal parking

A council’s chief executive is accused of hypocrisy after he was caught parking his Jaguar on double yellow lines in Canterbury city centre. Colin Carmichael left his luxury saloon on lines, that were freshly painted by his employer to make it “absolutely clear” parking is not allowed. Mr Carmichael, who this week extolled the virtues of public transport, was ticketed …

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St Martin’s in Canterbury is the oldest church in the English-speaking world

The oldest church in continuous use in the English-speaking world is right here in Kent. Dating back to 597AD, it is part Roman and part Saxon and is part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site along with the Cathedral and St Augustine’s Abbey. St Augustine set up his mission in the city, prompting St Martin’s to be referred to as the …

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Revealed: Canterbury’s top 10 spots for pub grub

A newly-refurbished pub is toasting its success after finding itself at the top of an influential list of hostelries in the Canterbury area. The Tyler’s Kiln in Tyler Hill recently underwent a £1 million-plus facelift and has now been rated the number one pub for grub in the city on TripAdvisor. It heads a list of the best pubs serving …

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Racing ducks raise a few bob

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Kingsmead Field on Easter Monday to raise money for one of Canterbury’s best-loved public spaces, with a duck race. More than 300 plastic ducks were released in the races, raising more than £530 in the process. As well as residents and supporters of the Kingsmead Field, which lost a long battle to be registered as …

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Tinie Tempah disappoints fans at Club Chemistry in Canterbury

Clubbers are demanding refunds after rap superstar Tinie Tempah fled a gig in Canterbury after just two songs. Eager revellers waited until 3am last night (Saturday) for Tinie’s appearance at the city’s signature nightclub Club Chemistry in Station Road. But when the Brit Award-winner finally graced the stage, he delivered just two tracks before disappearing again, reportedly saying “I’ll see …

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