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Job losses at Dunkirk restoration project

The Medway Queen paddle steamer Credit: ITV Meridiian

The team working to restore the Medway Queen paddle steamer in Kent say they're looking for alternative sources of funding after job losses at the project. Between 10 and 12 of the 14 strong workforce will lose their jobs the end of December after funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund ran out.

The vessel was one of the "little ships" that helped rescue thousands of soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuations of World War II. It returned to Gillingham last week after exterior restoration work in Bristol was completed. But the vessel still has to be completely refitted internally.


Woman missing after dropping son at pre-school

Jayne Howley was last seen on Monday, November 18 Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing woman from Medway. Jayne Howley, 44, of Jeyes Road in Gillingham, was last seen at 12.45pm on Monday November 18 after dropping her son off at a pre-school in Darland Avenue, Gillingham.

She did not return to pick him up later that day and her car, along with her purse and house keys, were found at her address. She was reported missing to Kent Police at 5.20pm.

Jayne is about 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with dark brown ,collar length hair. She was wearing glasses, a dark Superdry jacket with a hood and jeans.

Gillingham chairman confirms Taylor appointment

Peter Taylor Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

According to the Gillingham FC website, Chairman Paul Scally held a meeting with the first team squad after training to confirm Peter Taylor's appointment as permanent manager.

He will remain with the club until the end of the 2013/2014 campaign.

Mr Scally said, “The players and I are delighted that Peter has agreed to stay on at the club and we wish him every success in his on-going efforts to push the team up the table.”


Taylor no stranger to South coast

Peter Taylor has previously managed Gillingham Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Peter Taylor is no stranger to the South Coast. He has managed a number of teams in the Meridian region.

He started his management career with Dartford between 1999 - 2000. Between 1993 - 1995 he was at Southend Sunited, before moving back to Kent to look after Dover Athletic between 1995 - 1996.

His first stint in charge of Gillingham was in 1999 - 2000 when he took to the Division Two play-off finals and the FA Cup Fourth Round.

In 2001, he took over at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Peter Taylor appointed interim manager

Peter Taylor has been appointed as interim manager Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A statement on the club's website from chairman, Paul Scally said: "I have received already a huge response from potential new candidates such that the process of considering a replacement manager is clearly going to take some considerable time.

"With that in mind... I contacted Peter Taylor this afternoon to ascertain whether he would consider coming back to the Club on an 'interim manager' basis pending a full time appointment to be made in the weeks ahead.

"I am delighted that Peter has accepted this role and he will take responsibility for the team with immediate effect, meeting the Management and Players tomorrow morning, and taking charge of our game against Preston on Saturday and thereafter until a permanent appointment is made."

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