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Sunshine and rain. So how did local business weather the bank holiday weekend?

As families celebrate the long Easter weekend, local businesses have been taking stock of what the first major holiday of the year has meant for them.

The number of Easter Holiday makers planning a trip in the UK is rising and local businesses are doing what they can to get the tourist season started as early as possible.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Ann Duffy of Morelli's Gelato, Malcolm Cox director of the Broadstairs Spring Kentish Food Fair and Broadstairs Chamber of Commerce, and local baker One in the Oven.

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An Easter message of hope from the Archbishop of Canterbury

In the week which has seen the second major terrorist attack on a European city in just a matter of months the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has spoken to ITV Meridian about how we can begin to react to such atrocities.

He's been visiting schools in Kent this week and he went on to discuss family life in a technological age and how isolation is one of the greatest enemies we face, in a special interview ahead of Easter at Canterbury Cathedral with Sarah Saunders.

Here is his Easter message.


Chocolate Easter Feast!

Chocolate roast with all the trimmings

Many of us will be sitting down for an Easter roast on Sunday - but it won't be anything like this one from Brighton.

Local chocolatier Jen Lindsey-Clarke has created an entire meal - table and all - out of chocolate.

The chocolate sculptor, commissioned by the supermarket Aldi, weighs a staggering fifty kilos!

Jen Lindsey-Clarke grafting hard
Chocoholics look away now...
...or not

The great Easter getaway begins early

Easter is nearly upon us, and it seems the great holiday getaway has started early this year.

Some schools have already broken up, and airlines are reporting record numbers of bookings. But things aren't so rosy for rail passengers.

There's trouble looming over the Easter break, with major engineering work on many routes, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

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Annual Easter pilgrimage at Cathedral

Hundreds of young people have joined the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral. Around five hundred children aged under eighteen made their way across East Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service was held.

David Johns reports, speaking to the Most Reverend Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury) and French pilgrim Audrey Vanpeperstraete.


Youngsters to take part in Easter Monday pilgrimage

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joined by around 700 children on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds of young people are expected to join the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.

It is thought around 700 children, aged under 18, will make their way across Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service will be held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at 12 noon.

It will then be followed by a lively youth-led service, including prayers, workshops and activities.

Easter sermon to highlight hardship of conflicts

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby Credit: Press Association Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering from conflict around the world and in Britain.

Speaking later today from Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby will say: 'In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands. In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered.

'In this country, even as the economy improves there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt. Asylum seekers weep with loneliness and missing far away families.'

Drivers delayed for hours outside port of Dover

The roads have been busy today as families continue their Easter getaway. Congestion on the motorways and traffic delays of more than two hours meant that ferries from Dover were delayed. There's also been disruption at the Channel Tunnel.

Eurostar trains are now returning to normal following a fatality yesterday near Lille, in Northern France.

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