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Thousands in Kent to celebrate world's 'fastest growing watersport'

Credit: Georgia Wharton

Britain's largest paddle board festival is taking place at Bewl Water in Kent this weekend.

Thousands of people have been enjoying the celebrations, with paddle boarders from around the world taking part in competitive races.

The organisers say paddle boarding is the world's fastest growing and most accessible water sport.

Paddleboard yoga Credit: Georgia Wharton

The event started out as a charity fundraiser and has grown into the biggest stand up paddle boarding festival in the country, supported by Neilson, one of the UK’s leading active holiday operators.

As well as competitive events there are taster sessions for children and even paddleboard yoga.

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Cambell's Bluebird powerboat is back

The Bluebird returns Credit: David Johns

It has taken two decades of painstaking work but the iconic Bluebird powerboat that smashed the world speed record in 1937 is ready to take to the water again.

After a remarkable restoration project the 130mph craft, driven into the history books by Sir Malcolm Campbell, has been faithfully rebuilt by a team in Sussex.

They are performing trial runs this morning at Bewl Reservoir. More at 6pm.

Major reservoir in South East nearly full after summer rain

Reservoir on the Kent/Sussex border nearly full Credit: ITV Meridian

A water company that supplies homes in Kent and Sussex says their reservoirs are now in a healthy position thanks to the recent wet weather.

Bewl reservoir near Lamberhurst is now 91% full according to Southern Water, more than double what it was in February when it was only 41%.

The firm lifted water restrictions last month after heavier than average rainfall in April, May and early June.