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‘scaled back’ THE popular Kent County Show has been replaced by a summer fair this year, amid fears of a Coronavirus-related cancellation. The event will take place at the showgrounds in Detling on July 10 and 11.

It will be called The Kent County Summer Fayre, which aims to be a scaled-down version of the prestigious celebration of Kentish rural life.

Show chairman James Forknall said: “We could not take the risk of all the hard work needed to put on a large-scale event for it then to be potentially pulled at the last minute. "A smaller scale event is far more achievable within the timescale we have to organise. “It is so important to us this

year, to put on a show to help business owners grow after some very challenging times, whilst also encouraging the public to once again enjoy a great and safe day out. ” The event will feature show jumping, vintage vehicles and live music, as well as trade stands.

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Golf and bar scheme is agreed at games rooms

AFTER a year of lockdowns and restrictions on personal free- doms, residents will be keen to take advantage of all there is to be had in the county town. Two brothers, who are behind the idea for an “escape room”, now want to expand the concept to include an “adventure golf course” area in the bar.

Prison Island, in the former Zee Bar in Maidstone’s High Street, has 23 rooms with Crystal Maze- style tasks and puzzles.

Mike and Chris Knell, who run

the business, are looking to even- tually expand their remit to in- clude an adventure golf course with a bar area.

The duo sought a licence to sell alcohol at the bar which players could go to after their game. However, people without game bookings will also be able to use the facility. Mike Knell explained to coun-

cillors during a virtual meeting of Maidstone Borough Council’s li- censing committee on Tuesday, May 4, that visitors would not be allowed to consume alcohol while playing the escape games, but this may be allowed while people try their hand at adventure golf. An objection was received about

the impact the licence would po- tentially have on antisocial be- haviour and noise pollution.

However, Mr Knell explained these concerns would not be an issue because the facility is within the sound-insulated walls of a for- mer nightclub.

Kent Police agreed licensing conditions with the owners, giv- ing their go-ahead for the sale of alcohol between 11am and 11pm, Monday to Sunday, which was supported by committee mem- bers. childs-inner-brilliance-for-a-brighter-future/

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