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CHRISTMAS is coming and so is the pantomime at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone. The cast, who were supported by

THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to launch this year's panto. On board The Kentish Lady were

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children from East Borough Primary School, launched the productionwith a boat trip along theMedway. Aladdin will star stand-up comic,

actor and singer Richard Blackwood as the genie, and runs throughout December at the famous 3 5 0 -seater venue. 1 0

national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth Bright (Cinderella), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) . They were greeted by pupils from

South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to

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Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re-

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core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in themiddle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Everymonth

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we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane, where we are now thinking of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.” A recent event in Burberry Lane

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CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor. Valley Pa

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parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service, there is no excuse for litter being thrown from vehicles or dumped in the road.

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one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks. She added: “If you go along the

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ASH dieback has been discovered in Monks Meadow in Detling; Hollingbourne village fete stall- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.

RAILWAYstaff have been praised for saving a commuter who had collapsed.


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ADOG walker complained that the parish field had been taken over by participants of a fun day in Barm- in

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VEHICLES have been driven over farmland in Lenham, causing damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen from an allotment in Lenham.

A CAR was taken in a burglary in Allin

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down in a car park in UnionStreet; lead was stolen from the roof of a church in St Faith’s Street; three teenagers tried to steal a dog from its walker in ParkWood, one was of the thieves was bitten; a bicycle was damaged in Park Wood; cash was stolen fromcars in Lon

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Kate, 107, dies

KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.

HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.

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AMAJOR plan for a “garden vil- lage” in Detling has been submitted to the council.

THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand Canyon for charity. 12

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THE former Neighbours star brings his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.

TOP comic JimDavidson has virtually sold out two nights at the Hazlitt.

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A CARAVAN used by travellers on the green at Shepway was burnt out.

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AMAIDSTONE town centre pub is celebrating after being given an award by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

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