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Thousands visiting Faversham for annual Hop Festival

Faversham will welcome around 30,000 visitors this weekend to its 24th annual Hop Festival.

The two-day event includes stalls, a fun fair, live music and circus training for anyone that wants to have a go.

There is also the chance to sample a wide variety of ales and browse through stalls.

The festival commemorates the days of hop-picking, when people would go to Kent and enjoy the evenings with friends, family whilst listening to music and stories.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal traffic collision

A 52-year-old man died after a traffic collision in Faversham.

A silver Vauxhall Meriva was travelling along Ashford Road, heading towards Ashford, when it left the road and collided with a tree on Wednesday night. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

If anyone has any information, please call the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.


Bottle of Britain takes on the world

Britain's oldest brewer is to take on the world. Shepherd Neame, based in Faversham, have agreed a deal with an international distributor to sell their products around the globe.

They are hoping to cash in on what is seen as an increasing thirst for British beer in overseas markets. Alongside this deal, the company has also agreed to tie up with a North American brewer which will see it expand existing output in Canada and the United States.

Commercial laundry gutted by fire in Faversham

The commercial premises has been badly damaged by fire Credit: Mike Pett

Residents in Faversham in Kent are being advised to keep their windows and doors closed as more than sixty fire fighters battle to bring a blaze at a commercial laundry under control.

More than sixty firefighters have been tackling the fire since just before 4am. Credit: Mike Pett


Fire closes M2 junction in Kent

Map of closed motorway junction Credit: ITV News Meridian

More than forty fire crews are trying to bring a blaze at a linen company in Faversham, Kent under control.

Eight crews from across the county and the high aerial platform have been at the scene of the fire since 3:54am.

The fire has closed the Faversham junction onto the M2 and has also closed the A2.

Archeologists discover medieval gaol

A medieval dungeon has been unearthed in Faversham in Kent when contractors were digging a new water main. It's believed the gaol dates from the mid century .



"In my entire career I've never found a dungeon before, so this is a really rare discovery. The site is beneath where the town's second Guildhall stood that was built during the mid-century. As you can imagine the noise and smell coming from the dungeon meant this wouldn't have been a pleasant place to work.'

– Tim Allen, Kent Archaeological Projects

Woman 'desperate' to see teddy bears returned

Stolen - Steiff teddy bears taken during burglary Credit: Kent Police

An elderly woman's prized collection of teddy bears, ornaments and jewellery has been stolen form her home on Newhouse Lane in Shelwich.

The items included antique jewellery, china and ceramic ornaments, as well as several Steiff teddy bears and Wedgwood china vases, clocks and plates.

Missing - collection of wedgwood vases Credit: Kent Police

The collection is worth tens of thousands of pounds and holds sentimental value for the victim who has been collecting for decades.

A watch belonging to her late husband was also taken. It is believed the burglar loaded the goods into a cardboard box, wrapping each piece in linen to keep it safe.

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