Kent

Dymchurch celebrates as sea defences officially opened

Dymchurch sea wall
Image caption Almost 1,700 stepped units weighing 20 tonnes each have been installed to form the sea wall

A community "fun day" has been held to mark the official opening of a £60m sea defence scheme in Kent.

The sea wall at Dymchurch, which was being opened by chairman of the Environment Agency (EA), Lord Smith, will provide defences for 100 years.

The EA said the wall would protect 2,400 homes, caravans and three holiday camps and help protect Romney Marsh.

The scheme includes reinstatement of groynes which had fallen into disrepair despite protests locally.

The EA said there had already been a significant improvement in the amount of sand on the beach.

A Sea Cadet band was performing and donkey rides were being held on the beach on Saturday.

There was also a photographic exhibition mounted by Dymchurch and District Heritage Group.

The Martello tower in centre of the village, owned by English Heritage, was also open to the public.

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