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Christmas dinner for flood-hit Kent residents

Many of them missed their Christmas dinner due to some of the worst flooding the South East has experienced in decades, but today Yalding villagers finally got to sit down to some festive fare.

Dozens enjoyed a specially-laid on lunch with turkey and all the trimmings, even though some residents have still not moved back into their homes four months on.

We speak to Yalding residents including parish council chairman Geraldine Brown and to James Walker of the Kent Messenger Group, which organised the event.

Dreaming of a dry Christmas- villagers gather for delayed festivities

Only five months late...Christmas dinner for Yalding residents Credit: ITV Meridian

Yalding villagers have finally enjoyed their Christmas dinner, five months after flooding ruined their festive plans.

Dozens enjoyed a specially laid-on lunch with turkey and all the trimmings, even though some residents still haven't moved back into their homes

Turkey and all the trimmings Credit: ITV Meridian
Some residents are still not back in their homes Credit: ITV Meridian


Belated Christmas celebrations in Yalding

People living in Yalding who had their Christmas ruined by the floods will celebrate this weekend.

The KM and Mid Kent College have organised a special Christmas party for local residents.

Yalding was badly hit by the winter floods Credit: ITV Meridian

Many families in the area were forced to evacuate their homes because of rising water levels earlier this year.

Firefighters were called out to help those living in a mobile home park to safety.

And some families became trapped in their homes at The Lees.

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Royal visit to flood-hit Kent

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Kent today, to meet residents of the south-east's most flooded village. They were given a warm welcome by a small crowd of well-wishers.

David Johns was there and spoke to restaurateur Kajol Miah, Rev Paul Filmer from Yalding church, Yalding Parish Council chairman Geraldine Brown and local resident Joseph Wilson.

Teenager poses for selfie with Prince Charles

A teenager has told how he persuaded Prince Charles to pose for a selfie with him today.

Joseph Wilson said friends dared him to take the cheeky snap during the Prince's visit to flood hit residents in Yalding in Kent.

The 17-year-old, who has previously posed for a selfie with Prime Minister David Cameron, said the prince was good humoured about it.


Charles and Camilla to meet Kent flood victims

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Yalding in Kent today, to meet those who were flooded over the Christmas period.

They will hear from residents and businesses owners who had to leave their homes and whose businesses are now undergoing refurbishment.

The couple will meet the owners of Orchard View Classic Garage who specialise in restoring classic cars, some of which were flooded and are now being dried out through a specialist process.

They will also speak to a beekeeper who had 16 of his hives swept away and the owners of Teapot Island whose museum houses over 6000 teapots.

Treasury minister visits flood-hit community in Kent

Danny Alexander meets flood victims in Yalding
Residents question minister about flood response

A senior cabinet minister is visiting Yalding in Kent this afternoon. Danny Alexander MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is meeting people whose homes have been affected by flooding.

The minister is expected to make an announcement about help for those who need to make claims on their insurance for damage to property and possessions.

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