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The Friday Five: the top political news stories of the week

by Paul on Politics, by political editor Paul Francis Friday, March 28 2014

This week's political round-up features Disneyland, more on the Manston airport saga and yet another setback for the Kent grammar school plan....

1. There have been plenty more twists and turns in the tale of Manston Airport. After last week's announcement that the owner Ann Gloag was consutling on closure, there seemed to be fresh hope when Thanet North MP  Roger Gale announced he had been in touch with a potential buyer.

But the consortium said to be interested in taking over the airport was shrouded in secrecy and it was unclear if the owner was interested in selling. Meanwhile, Saudi Cargo said it would suspend its operations from next week and KLM followed suit, saying it was not taking bookings beyond April 10. Meanwhile, KCC and Thanet council announced the creation of a task force dedicated to keeping Manston going. To coin a phrase, everything is up in the air...

2.  Councillors in Gravesham were in a spot of hot water over their plans to take a trip to Disneyland and other theme parks in Florida at taxpayers' expense. The reason?

The "fact finding" trip was planned so councillors and six officers could  examine how a theme park operated so they could better manage the planning process for the huge Paramount scheme expected to be built in north Kent. Inevitably, the council was forced on the defensive, saying that the council would be dealing with a scheme of "global significance". For some reason, that justification for the £15,500 trip failed to impress many....

3. There was yet another setback for Kent's grammar school annex plan with the news that governors of the Weald of Kent Girls Grammar had decided against going co-ed - a move that would have paved the way for it to become the sponsor school for the Sevenoaks satellite. Campaigners seeemd resigned to the possibility that this development might signal the end of the road for the project.

4. Canterbury must rank as one of Kent's most congested places so there was some potentially good news for long-suffering motorists and others with the announcement of a £53m package of road improvement schemes. The city council said the schemes represented the biggest shake-ups in the road network since the 1970s. 

5. Finally, there was a political spat over at County Hall in the wake of a backbench report that suggested that Kent could benefit to the tune of £100m from the EU in the next six years. The opposition UKIP group were distinctly unimpressed but the largely positivie report was welcomed by an unusual alliance of the Tory group, Labour and the Lib Dems. Mind you, they may have some trouble selling that on the doorstep in the run-up to the Euro election in May.

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Categories: Margate | Mayoralty | Precept

My dream break went without a bump

by Tuned In, with kmfm Breakfast Show's Emma Saint Friday, November 15 2013

Wow! two weeks really does fly by when you’re having fun! I got back from holiday on Monday and thank you for all your Facebook messages asking about my break.

Florida was totally brilliant. Being 25 weeks pregnant, I have to say I was a little apprehensive about flying, but it all went like a dream. Anyone who has been pregnant (or sat next to someone pregnant on a plane) will know that sitting down for a long period of time in a small, cramped place isn’t exactly fun!

But luckily for me we flew with Virgin Atlantic and paid a little bit more for premium economy. I would definitely recommend it. We were greeted by friendly staff from the moment we arrived at the club lounge where you can start your holiday with a breakfast – or even a cheeky cocktail if you’re not pregnant!

The seats on the plane are a lot bigger and for me that was such a relief as my bump is growing fast everyday! There is also a lot more leg room and the flight attendants were always making sure I was drinking enough and having plenty to eat. I can’t thank them enough.

After landing, we hit the Disney parks. Although I couldn’t go on many of the rides, everything was as magical as I remembered!

This week though it’s been back to reality and although it’s nice to have a break I love coming back to work – how many people can say that?

And with so much going on it feels like Christmas is going to be here in no time. We have lots of Christmas light switch-ons coming up and some great prizes to give away on air and online. So you better make sure you’re following us on Facebook at kmfmofficial/ and twitter, just search kmfmofficial and you could find out about these prizes before anyone else!

Hopefully you enjoyed our Nineties weekend. I was whisked back to my school days and loved every minute.

We have some more winning weekends coming so make sure you stay tuned!

Have a great week!

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Soak up the sun with Florida holiday competition

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, June 22 2012

Congratulations Gary Barlow. His jubilee song, Sing, has been a big requested song on kmfm and it is now the biggest selling No. 1 single of the year so far.

An amazing achievement from him having put together the concert and travelling across the Commonwealth for inspiration for his single. To cap a fantastic year, Gary was made an OBE last week. Well deserved.

Listen out for the next single from Ed Sheeran, called Small Bump. It is the fifth single already to be taken from his album +. It is a very personal single about a sad experience a friend of his went through. A very touching song.

The official video has already had more than 2.5 million views, which equates to one view for every person in Kent and Essex.

How would you like a holiday to Kissimmee, Florida? Listen in all of this week as you could be a step closer to the Sunshine State, soaking up the sun, sipping cocktails, enjoying Disney World and looking out for alligators out in the Everglades.

We are fast approaching the summer festival season and Guilfest is back. Taking place in Guildford, about an hour’s drive from Kent, this year they have a superb line up including Tulisa and Olly Murs.

Disco Diva, Candi Staton and girl band Stooshe are some of the other big names appearing across the three days from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15.

Alexandra Buggs from Stooshe went to Invicta Grammar School in Maidstone, so we’ll will have one of our own on stage. You can win your tickets all next week with me on kmfm Drivetime.

kmfm will be at the Kent County Show from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15. Rob Wills on kmfm Breakfast gave you the chance to win family VIP tickets recently and we will be there across all three days. More on that next week.

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Coronation pomp left me turned off

by The Codgers' Club Friday, May 25 2012

by Alan Watkins

It can't be 59 years since the coronation – I remember it as though it was yesterday, for goodness’ sake.

It was a sunny day. The road was full of bunting and flags, and our council house was covered in St George’s flags. The local paper came along and took a photo of our house.

Dad had the day off and we had a new addition to the lounge – the first TV in the street. It had a 9in screen enclosed in a massive wooden cabinet, and all the furniture was re-arranged so that we sat with our backs to the window.

Well, we sat there for a short time, until the neighbours began to arrive. They all pushed their way into the house and sat on the seats until there were no spares. Then they sat on the arms of chairs, the floor, or simply stood as the TV flickered into life.

The curtains quickly had to be closed: you couldn’t see the blue and grey picture of the carriage as it made its way towards the Abbey. The sun burned the picture, which was full of snow from the poor reception from an aerial about 100 miles away in Wenvoe, near Cardiff.

The sandwiches and cakes, biscuits and drinks were soon being picked over, and just as quickly my friends and I became bored with the pretty young queen and the droning of the Archbishop, Dr Geoffrey Fisher.

Lots of shushes greeted protests about comfort (or lack of it), boredom and wasted opportunities. In fact we were turned off. We went into the back garden for a kickaround to the echoes of “Vivat! Vivat!”

It was much better to climb the wall, ride a bike, fight over the game rules, throw stones, and do what kids do when they are five and six years old.

Yet if we thought that was it, we were sadly mistaken.

Some time later – it may have been days or weeks, but it was certainly another sunny summer day – we all flocked to the city park. That was because our Queen and her handsome Duke were visiting us.

Most of my chums were in the park, but mum and dad opted to wait outside so we could see them when they arrived and left. We might have done – I don’t remember anything but flags. There were swings on the far side of the park.

I wasn’t allowed to go there, and instead was stuck in a crowd of sweaty people.

At last the coronation was over… or so I thought. Back at school in September we were suddenly ushered into the hall with our parents as guests, the curtains once more closed on a perfect Indian summer’s day, and we sat on unyielding benches to watch the coronation repeated.

It was enough to turn toddlers to republicanism! At least the film was in colour, but it went on, and on, and on.

Was it almost 60 years ago? Where have the boys in their thick woollen shorts and buttoned-up shirts gone? Those that scrapped in the sun – Ronnie and the two Peters, Alistair, Clive and the brainy brat across the road? Several are dead, the rest scattered to the winds.

I shall celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the garden. I’ve seen too much pomp and majesty to thrill over it.

But, God Bless Her, she’s not been a bad monarch.

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Categories: Moans and groans | Royal

Gig of the year will go in a Blur...

by Tuned In, with kmfm DJ Andy Walker Friday, May 25 2012

Brit pop had a kickstart back in February when Blur were given an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the Brits. That spurred further album sales for them and talk of them not splitting up after the Olympics concert.

Well that still has not really been answered but Blur have announced they will be performing at Margate Winter Gardens on Wednesday, August 1.

This is going to be the biggest band to perform there for some years. Expect a sweaty atmosphere and a self-made mosh pit. That is what happens at rock gigs. Totally different to pop.

Pop concerts are more about screaming, dancing, cheering and waving. Rock is about cheering, shouting and jumping! Those are your main ingredients. You can imagine the heights Blur fans will reach when the anthem Song 2 is played.

Next week on kmfm you could win afternoon tea at Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham, plus, by the end of the week, an overnight stay there.

Coming soon kmfm has your chance to win your way to Florida. We will also be at the forthcoming Dover Tattoo on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

The Jubilee weekend is fast approaching and the kmfm Street Team plan to be out across Kent. If you are having your own street party let me know and the team could be coming to see you. Email

As summer approaches, the tunes are all big anthems and feel-good. Coldplay have duetted with Rihanna for Princess of China. Taken from the band’s album that no one still knows how to pronounce – Mylo Xyloto. The guys have produced a mix of rock, electro-pop and R&B. Listen to kmfm to hear it.

The very talented Emeli Sande has released her next single – My Kind of Love. Sande is very soulful and this song really expresses that side of her voice. She is going to be a massive pull at Canterbury’s Lounge on the Farm this summer. Oh, and if you want to be there stay, listening to Kent’s kmfm.

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