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.
A woman who was missing from Medway has been found safe and well.
Police have thanked the public for their help to find 44-year-old Jayne Howley.
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.
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.”
Peter Taylor has been appointed as Gillingham FC's permanent manager, the club has announced.
M2 coastbound exit slip road closed due to fallen tree at J4 A278 (Gillingham).
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.
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."
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has been speaking to our reporter, Derek Johnson, about why he sacked his manager Martin Allen and how he hopes it will improve the atmosphere in the dressing room.
Listen to his interview from Dubai in full:
Martin Allen was appointed manager of Gillingham FC in July last year.
He was presented to the media at press conference by chairman Paul Scally who spoke about Allen as an 'outstanding candidate.'
Watch again what Mr Scally said at the time.