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Hop Farm Under Threat

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Wet weather and a downturn in visitor numbers could force the closure of one of Kent's biggest tourist attractions. The trading arm of Paddock Wood's Hop Farm is expected to be declared insolvent at a creditors' meeting next week.

David Johns reports, talking to Jackie Matthias of West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Insolvency Practitioner Susan Maund.

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Big names drawn to Hop Farm Festival

Kent, Paddock Wood, Prince Hop Farm
Prince headlined at the Hop Farm Music Festival in 2011 Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In recent years the Hop Farm Festival has attracted some major names including Prince, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

According to its website, there are still plans for the festival to go ahead in 2013 although the line-up has yet to be announced.

A first tranche of tickets to be released has already sold out

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Kent festival pays tribute to Reggae legend

Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend tells the story behind the scenes of his life Credit: One Love Festival

As the Hop Farm festival gets underway this weekend at Paddock Wood, plans are being finalised for a Reggae festival at the same venue in August. The One Love Festival will celebrate 50 years of Jamaican Independence.

It's also screening a film telling the story behind Reggae legend Bob Marley's life. The film presents the 'lost footage of Bob Marley' shot by Esther Anderson in 1973 and shows his first ever rehearsal with the Wailers.. After the screening festival goers will be able to ask Esther questions.

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