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Canterbury Monopoly pub crawl starts in the Bishops Finger in St Dunstans.

The Monopoly man and friends have passed go for the first board game pub crawl in Canterbury today. Drinks are scheduled in 26 pubs as players take a chance card and hope to sup their way to glory while avoiding stoppages at waterworks. The crawl marks the 80th anniversary since Monopoly first went on sale. Jamie Price as the Monopoly …

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Kent’s weird and wacky off-the-wall competitions, including custard pie championships, walking the plank, and oyster eating

Maidstone’s own World Custard Pie Championships are expected to attract interest from all over the world when they return with a splat on Saturday, June 6. The big day, which will be held in its birthplace, Coxheath, pits teams of four against eachother in a fun – but fiercely-contested – pie-throwing competition, throwing left handed. But it’s not the only …

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Conference looks at flood lessons

A conference to look at what could be learned from last year’s winter floods in Kent has taken place. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the conference heard from Ashford MP, Damian Green, and the leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter. David Thompson, senior analyst, at the Committee on Climate Change also spoke. More than 200 …

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End in sight for blackouts

£40m LED plan to light streets again at night A £40 million investment in LED technology will pave the way for a return to all-night street lighting across Herne Bay. Residential areas have been plunged into darkness overnight since Kent County Council started a cost-cutting trial in December 2013. The move to LED will spell the end of the controversial …

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Crimes and criminals

Indecent child film charges A Herne Bay man appeared in court on Friday accused of creating almost 250 indecent images and videos of children. Paul Cooper, of Montague Street, faces 12 separate charges of making indecent photographs of a child, including 241 images and clips, between 2004 and 2014. The 50-year-old spoke only to confirm his name and address and …

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Farage says he’ll be back after visit called off over security fear

Opening of new office goes ahead without ‘disappointed’ Ukip leader Ukip leader Nigel Farage insists he will return to Herne Bay after his planned visit to the town was cancelled on Saturday because of security fears. Mr Farage was due to open the party’s campaign office in Mortimer Street but due to the town’s weekly market being held, his security …

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Faye’s fiction is proving popular

The career of a Herne Bay children’s author continues to go from strength to strength with the launch of a new book. Faye Beerling launched her River Tales series based on characters she had met while living in Fordwich, near Canterbury. Her latest book, A Country Ramble, is set to go on sale in Waterstones on March 28. Since moving …

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Cancer woman s appeal to former hospital staff on asbestos threat

Fears incurable disease picked up at hospital A great-grandmother has launched a desperate appeal to find former work colleagues after she was diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Shirley Price, 79, of Sussex Avenue, Hampton, worked at the Brookwood Hospital in Surrey for three years in the mid 1970s, where she believes she may have been …

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Air show crew’s call for help with take-off

Event organisers have appealed for help to bring a historic aircraft to the skies above Herne Bay this summer. The Bay Promo Team are organising this year’s air show and want to bring the Gloster Meteor to the town to dazzle the crowds. The Meteor fighter appeared in the skies 70 years ago and propelled Britain into the jet age. …

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Woman lives in fear as phone Lifeline still down after weeks

Land line damage ‘regrettable’ according to BT A pensioner who has suffered two heart attacks says her life could be in danger because her telephone line has not been repaired since it was cut during a car crash two weeks ago. Vera Neal, 86, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects her heart and lungs, and keeps a defibrillator …

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