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‘Tankies’ get mayoral stamp of approval

SPECIAL 1st class stamps have been pro- duced for a unique military parade inMaid- stone.

Mayor Brian Mortimer came up with the

idea to mark the Sec- ond Royal Tank Regi- ment’s homecoming from Afghanistan. Money from the sale

of the stamps – which show the regiment’s insignia and the Union flag –willgotothe mayor’s charity, Help for Heroes. Although the ‘Tank-

said: “It’s absolutely superb news. “I have had 220 commemorative stamps produced. I got permission from Royal Mail and the MoD. Two local companies have sponsored them – David Hicken Associ- ates and Firmin’s.” The mayor used 120

of them to send letters to every school in the borough,


ies’ are based in the South West, they also recruit in the South East, notably Maid- stone. They will parade through the town on September 1, followed by a civic reception. Cllr Mortimer, who lives in Coxheath,

Congratulations WINNERS of the children’s scarecrow competition in West Malling during the royal wed- ding celebrations were: First: Eleanor Ray, of Lunsford Lane, Larkfield; sec- ond: Sebastian Pacing, of Sandown Road, West Malling; third:OliverSharp,ofThe Heath, East Malling. They all received book tokens.

The Royal Tank Regiment is the oldest tank unit in the world. The Second has been at the forefront of armoured war- fare since the first tanks broke through the German trenches at Cambrai, France, in 1917.

pupils and parents to attend this “great day”, aswell as letters to every parish coun- cil.

He explained: “That leaves 100, in blocks of 20. One block will be presented to

the regiment; one to the borough council; I’ll keep one myself for the time being; and two others that are framedwill be auctioned for my charity – Help for Heroes.”

Mayor Cllr Brian Mortimer with the framed stamps. Actual size, left

New lease of life for slimming pair WEST Malling mother and daughterWinsome and Charlotte Riddle have started a new venture after losing a total of six stone. The pair have each launched SlimmingWorld groups. Charlotte

runs groups at St Luke’s Church Hall, Foley Street, Maidstone, while Winsome is holding a group at St James’s Centre, Chapman Way, East Malling.

Castle Way inquiry A PLANNING inquiry will be held over proposals by Mr G Smith to demolish an existing dwelling at 34 CastleWay, Leybourne, and erect four semi-detached houses.

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Scrapyard defeat AN APPEAL against the refusal of permission for three de- tached houses at a scrapyard site in East Street, Addington, has been dismissed. The planning inspector ruled

that the development was in- appropriate within the green belt and would conflict with Tonbridge and Malling’s local plan.

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