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Why dancing in the city just got far easier

Dance shoes company celebrates opening shop ASPIRING dancers took to the floor at the Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel in Canterbury last Saturday, for a full day of dancing. To celebrate the opening in the city of a new shop that specialises in dance shoes, Reina Danza UK, people were given the chance to try out a range of dances …

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Former head given year’s ban for being over limit

A FORMER Wincheap head teacher has been banned from driving for a year after failing a breath test. Clive Close, 56, was the head at Wincheap Primary School when officers pulled his car over in Canterbury on December 17 last year. Given a breath test at the end of a night out with friends, Close’s breath was found to contain …

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Tories name candidates for city council election

… while three prospective MPs answer student questions ALTHOUGH the political focus is very much on the general election, which will be upon us in less than 100 days, the starting pistol has been fired for those hoping to win a seat on Canterbury City Council. The Canterbury Conservatives became the first local party to announce their candidates for the …

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Why our city is so much better than the capital

LET’S face it; living in Canterbury is pretty awesome. But as more and more people vie for positions at businesses based in London, we thought we’d bring you some reasons to stay, or at least, some reasons why moving is not necessarily the best decision. NATALIE TIPPING found nine reasons living in Canterbury is so much better than living In …

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Cathedral link confirmed to surviving Magna Carta

EIGHT hundred years after it was signed, one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta has been identified as being from Canterbury. The remarkable discovery unveiled in a new book Magna Carta by Professor David Carpenter, reinforces the role that Canterbury and Archbishop Stephen Langton had in one of the most famous and revolutionary documents in our history. …

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Learn from a curry master and help friends group

LOCAL chef and curry master Paul Babra will be holding an Indian vegetarian masterciass on Saturday, January 31 (10.30 am to noon) in aid of the Friends of Kingsmead Field. The group will be launched officially later in the year, to promote the field, and work with the city council to manage it. During the class, Paul will explain spice …

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Disharmony as city buskers are provoked by new rules

CCC regulations on live performances may result in police action BUSKERS have staged a musical protest against rules governing street performances in Canterbury Musicians met on Thursday to voice their concerns over the ‘code of conduct’ introduced by Canterbury City Council (CCC).The rules mean that buskers could be issued with a Community Protection Order (CPO) if there are complaints about …

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Not all are convinced by the BID effect on our city

Retailers and councillors have differing views on scheme’s success CITY councillors and traders have clashed over Canterbury’s Business Improvement District (BID) at a meeting. Businesswoman Lynn Brown, speaking on behalf of the Canterbury Independent Traders Alliance (CITA), said the changes the BID had made in the months since being created were “superficial” and had “not increased footfall in the city …

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So just how friendly our city is to the disabled?

Councillors accuse KCC of not using its powers to ban A-frames MORE needs to be done to keep the pavements of Canterbury safe for the city’s disabled population to travel through, according to the city’s councillors. Leader John Gilbey criticised the county council for having the power to remove obstructions to the pavements, including A-frames misused by local businesses, “but …

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First woman joins men in being awarded freedom of city

THE chairman of Visit Kent has become the first woman to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Canterbury Amanda Cottrell OBE was one of three people to be awarded the city’s highest honour at a ceremony on Thursday night. As a freeman of Canterbury she, alongside new inductees Sir Graeme Odgers and Paul Barrett, joining an elite group …

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