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Calais crisis 'costing Kent economy £1.5 million a day'

Attractions such as Leeds Castle in Kent have suffered because of the crisis. Credit: PA

Delays on both sides of the Channel caused by the Calais crisis are costing the Kent economy around £1.5 million a day, the county council estimates.

This figure includes lost revenue to tourist attractions such as Leeds Castle, but not the cost to other authorities such as the police and highways which implement Operation Stack.

Meanwhile, the UK logistics industry is losing around £750,000 a day because of Operation Stack, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

FTA Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham said: "This is the country’s GDP and export standing still in these horrendous queues caused by the situation in Calais."

The operation has been implemented on 24 of the past 40 days, largely due to problems with migrants in France and ferry strikes.


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High winds at start of Ramsgate Regatta

High winds at the start of Ramsgate Week Credit: ITV Meridian

Sailors have been braving gale force winds to compete in races along the Kent coast.

About 50 yachts have travelled from throughout the UK and Europe to take part in Ramsgate Week.

And the wind has made it a particularly exciting course for competitors. As Abigail Bracken's been finding out...

Are you in the mood for Tommy Steele?

Now how many Glenn Miller tunes can you name? 'In the mood'... 'Chattanooga choo choo'..'Moonlight Serenade'...

Well if you're a fan of his music then you can listen to all his hits live - in a brand new musical.

The Glenn Miller Story is all about the iconic band leader who died when his plane crashed on his way to entertaining British troops in France during the Second World War.

The show is coming to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre in September. Playing the part of Glenn Miller will be the equally iconic Tommy Steele. Fred met Tommy at the Mayflower.

Award-winning play comes to the region

The Award-winning National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, is in Oxford this week. Based on Oxford-based Mark Haddon's best-selling book, it tells the story of an autistic boy from Swindon who travels to London, hoping to solve the mystery over the death of a neighbour's dog. The production has been getting rave reviews, especially for it's stunning technical lighting effects, and is at the New Theatre Oxford until Saturday. Andy Bevan reports.

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