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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 August 2016

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And that's it from us

Claire Cottingham

Thanks for joining the Kent Live team today. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself in Margate.

I'll be back at 09:00 BST tomorrow - please join me.

Remember you can still get in touch with us and send us your pictures and videos by tweetingemailing or sending a message on Facebook.

How would you sum up Margate?

Claire Cottingham

Wendy, who owns Crafted Naturally in Margate, loves the town so much that she can't describe it in three words.

She needs four. 

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Trader's views on Margate

Can you name that tune?

Claire Cottingham

"Please play me!! I'm yours."

Only in Margate would there be a piano on the side of a cafe.


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Three things you (probably) didn't know about the east Kent coast

Claire Cottingham

A picture of Margate beach
A sunny Margate beach today
  • The area claims a number of holiday "firsts" including donkey rides in 1890 and deckchairs in 1898 in Margate

  • Famous names drawn to the east Kent coast include Charles Dickens, JMW Turner and Augustus Pugin and their connections are all still celebrated today

  • Tourism chiefs say the area has not only helped to defend the nation - Ramsgate sent "little ships" to Dunkirk and welcomed 80,000 soldiers back from France - but has also defined seaside style

'Margate has everything I love about the seaside'

Claire Cottingham

I spoke to Rob and Amber about why they love Margate.

They said they're so fond of the place they decided to move here.


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Rob and Amber's view of Margate

BreakingSouthern train drivers to be balloted for strike action

Train drivers employed by Southern rail and Gatwick Express are to be balloted for strikes over a "breakdown in industrial relations", says the Aslef union.

'The Old Man of Kent': 1840-2016

This is the moment the ancient tree was felled.

It was captured by our Environment Correspondent Yvette Austin.

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No donkey rides in Margate...

Claire Cottingham

But I did spot this snazzily dressed character.


'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside
'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside

'Please return to Crafted Naturally'. No donkey rides on #Margate beach, but we did spot Pumpkin... #EnglishSeaside

Your chance to buy a piece of history

Parts of Canterbury Cathedral will be available to buy for the first time ever.

Ancient stone, which has been removed during renovation of the famous south stained-glass window, is to be sold at auction.

Here's Leanne Rinne's report.  

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Your chance to buy parts of Canterbury Cathedral

How would you sum up Margate in three words?

Here's the view of Wendy and Gregory.

And they really like the town.

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The end for the 'Old Man of Kent'

The "Old Man of Kent" was planted in 1840. 

The Grand Fir - one of the tallest trees in England - suffered serious damage during Storm Katie at Easter.

A survey in June revealed the 50m tall tree was diseased and dangerous.

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Kent's tallest tree being felled

Mixed views on Margate

Claire Cottingham

I've spoken to young mum Sophie who lives in Margate.

She says there aren't many job opportunities in the town - but is pleased the Dreamland heritage theme park re-opened for "entertainment".

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Timber: 'Old Man of Kent' is chopped down

The chainsaws have begun their destructive work on Kent's oldest tree.

A sad moment as the top is felled from the tallest tree in Kent #disease @yvette_austinTV @BedgeburyP

A sad moment as the top is felled from the tallest tree in Kent #disease @yvette_austinTV @BedgeburyP

It's looking brighter

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a cloudy start, it's looking brighter and it's feeling warm.

Here's my lunch-time weather forecast.

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Weather forecast with Georgina Burnett

On this day, 3 August

Bob Dale

Migrant problems for Kent County Council, Sussex villagers back environmental campaigners and Kent becomes home to the latest source of green energy - it's Bob Dale with #onthisday

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On this day 3 August

Football: Gills striker set to leave club

Ronan Sully

Radio Kent Sports Reporter

Gillingham striker Luke Norris is set to leave the club before the end of the month.

The 23-year-old frontman is in talks with a number of clubs about a transfer and Gills manager Justin Edinburgh says a move is now likely.

Norris also won't be involved against Southend in their League One season opener on Saturday.

You can hear full commentary of that match - and all Gillingham matches home and away this season - on BBC Radio Kent.

Gillingham striker Luke Norris in action for the club
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Luke Norris looks set to leave Gillingham

How social media reunited Eileen, 96, with her precious 'lucky' WWII pic


A photograph of a soldier from the Second World War has been reunited with its owner after a social media campaign. Read the KentOnline report here.

Graeme Corner reuniting Eileen Addis with her lost photograph
Graeme Corner reuniting Eileen Addis with her lost photograph

UKIP confirms leadership contenders

Helen Catt, BBC South East Today's political editor, has tweeted this. 

UKIP confirm list of leadership candidates. South East MEP @DianeJamesMEP is in the running.

'Old Man of Kent' facing the axe

BBC South East Today's environment correspondent, Yvette Austin, is about to film Kent's oldest tree being chopped down. 

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Roger Daltrey: 'It's absolutely magical'

Stuart Maisner

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has paid a visit to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. 

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Roger Daltrey visits steam railway

Cricket: Kent back in County Championship action this week

Ronan Sully

Radio Kent Sports Reporter

They'll be hosting Worcestershire at Canterbury, with play beginning today at 12:00 BST.

You can find ball by ball commentary here.

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Kent are in County Championship action this week

Take a look at Brighton's i360 in 360 degrees

Claire Cottingham

I'll be in Margate later, but in the meantime take a look inside - and outside - of Brighton's new i360 tower.

Below is a 360 degree video, just click and hold your cursor on the video to look around.

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Children 'dying on lorries bound for Dover'

Simon Jones

BBC South East Today reporter

Refugee children in Calais who are desperate to be reunited with relatives living in the UK are dying attempting to get on lorries bound for Dover.

That's the claim from the charity Citizens UK, which describes the situation as a "complete disgrace".

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The Home Office has won a legal ruling over asylum seekers allowed into the UK

This morning's top stories

Dan Maclaren

Southern rail faces fresh strike action, security may be stepped up at some of the South East's smaller ports and a burglar has been jailed after his DNA was found on a garden spade.  

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This morning's #3in30

Cricket: Kent beat Sussex

Ronan Sully

Radio Kent Sports Reporter

A seven wicket victory over Sussex last night saw the Kent Spitfires qualify for the quarter finals of the One Day Cup for a third straight season.

Matt Coles was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets and there were half centuries for Sam Billings and captain Sam Northeast.

Read the full report here. The win sets up a home tie against Yorkshire later this month.

Kent beat Sussex last night
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Kent won by seven wickets

A grey start - but tomorrow's looking better

Nina Ridge

BBC Weather

It'll feel warm today and we should see the sun again tomorrow. Well it is August after all.

Here's my forecast.

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Kent weather forecast with Nina Ridge

Is it really August?

Dan Maclaren

You'd be forgiven for thinking it was autumn instead of summer. Hopefully the weather will brighten up later today.

Your Kent Live team will be here until 17:00 BST with all the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

Remember you can get in touch with us and send us your pictures and videos by tweeting us, emailing us or sending us a message on Facebook.

To kick the day off Mel Chennell sent us this picture of Margate - it's our #photooftheday

A picture of Margate beach
Mel Chennell
Margate by Mel Chennell