£6m drugs gang jailed

Members of an organised drugs ring who were supplying cocaine across the Canterbury and South Coast area have been jailed today.

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New stamp for old, saggy cloth-cat, Bagpuss

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Oliver Postgate created Bagpuss with Peter Firmin Credit: William Conran/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Two children's characters created in Canterbury by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin have been given their own stamps by the Royal Mail.

Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine are appearing on a series of 12 stamps to celebrate 60 years of classic children's television.

It's 40 years since Bagpuss first appeared on TV. The saggy cloth cat is continually cited as one of the favourite British children’s TV character of all time.

Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps, said: “For over 60 years, Britain’s children’s TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers.

"More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of the programmes themselves, remain with us throughout our lives."

Oliver Postgate died in 2008. Peter Firmin was granted the Freedom of Canterbury in 2011.


Four puppies abandoned in a shoebox are on the mend

A litter of puppies are recovering, after being dumped in a shoebox over Christmas.

The four pups were discovered behind a supermarket in Canterbury, and are now being looked after at a rescue centre in Whitstable.

It's thought they were just a day old when they were abandoned. They've each been named after holiday pantomime characters.

Two people rescued from River Stour in Canterbury

Two people were rescued in Canterbury in the early hours of this morning. A man in his 20s was driving his car on the A28 at Wincheap when it left the road and went into the River Stour. Kent fire and rescue sent two fire engines at 12.17am and got him to safety.

A second man was rescued at 1.22am. He was climbing over St Edmunds Road road and fell into the bank. A crew was sent to help him. He sustained injuries to his ankle.

Students strive to solve challenges

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Children from schools across Kent have been competing in a robot-building contest at the University of Kent. Their task was to construct a robot and use a computer program to make it do a series of tasks, under the watchful eye of a judging panel.

David Johns went along to watch the action. He spoke to University lecturer Fred Barnes and judge Gaby Roch.


Canterbury celebrates the life of St Nicholas

The St Nicholas Community Parade hits the streets of Canterbury Credit: ITV Meridian

Crowds of people packed the centre of Canterbury in Kent today, for the city's annual St Nicholas Parade. It celebrates the life of the 4th century priest who was the inspiration for Santa Claus. The parade goes from the Westgate towers to Canterbury Cathedral

It's a precarious balancing act for some! Credit: ITV Meridian
Canterbury Cathedral's nativity scene Credit: ITV Meridian

Audition for first girls choir at Canterbury Cathedral

Auditions for Canterbury Cathedrals first girls choir held today Credit: ITV Meridian

Auditions have been held today for the first ever girls choir at Canterbury Cathedral.

For 900years, it has only been boys singing under the Cathedral name.

Around 20 girls, aged between 12 and 16 are being picked from local secondary schools to perform in the Canterbury Cathedral Girls' VoluntaryChoir.

It is hoped that the choir will start by the end of the year.

Being part of the Cathedrals choir has been exclusive to males only, but leaders say introducing a girls choir will be an "exciting addition" to its musical achievements.

The girls will initially sing at services when the boy choristers are on their twice-termly breaks.

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