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Kent Weekly Recap: June 8 – June 14, 2024

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Image caption, Ruben Harris won the junior boys’ doubles wheelchair event at Roland Garros

We’ve picked five stories from the past week in case you missed them.

English fans are turning to the kicking power to follow the European Championship

Image source, Piers Hopkirk/BBC

Image caption, The 900 kilometer route to Germany takes the group through Belgium and the Netherlands

Four football fans have hopped on their bikes to watch England play the European Championships in Germany.

Tony Hunt, from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, who only started cycling at the beginning of this year, joined the group at Wembley as they headed across the English Channel through Kent and via Dover.

The quartet are raising money for the charity Crohn’s & Colitis UK, a condition from which Mr Hunt suffers.

He said: “My first question when I was in hospital was: ‘Will I ever be able to play football again?’ It shows that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Viral video of a couple about moving back in with their parents

Image source, Sam and Bec Hartley

Image caption, Sam and Bec Bartley have had 16 million hits on social media with their video

A married couple who moved back in with their parents while saving for a down payment on a house have made a comical social media post about the experience that has gone viral.

Bec and Sam Bartley, both in their 30s, have been living with her parents in Herne Bay since July 2023.

The couple, both professional comedians, posted the parody video to social media, where it received 15 million hits on Instagram and another 1 million on TikTok.

Ms Bartley said they “didn’t expect it to blow up and go viral”.

Manston Airport will be ready for flights within four years

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Image caption, Owners RiverOak hope to have freight and passenger services flying from Manston Airport by 2028

Freight and passenger services could operate from Manston Airport within the next four years after a judicial review of the plans failed.

No airlines have flown from the Thanet site since 2014 and owners RiverOak are now eager to begin the redevelopment, after waiting for a court decision.

Campaigners described the development as a “highly polluting freight hub” that breached government planning advice in the light of air pollution and climate change.

However, Tony Freudmann, director of RiverOak’s board of directors, said his company will use the latest technology to build “the greenest airport in Europe”.

‘We became known as the teapot family’

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Image caption, The museum in Yalding houses more than 8,500 new teapots

Luke Blazyes said that “there have been teapots in my life” since I was two years old.

The manager of Teapot Island in Kent said his family started collecting teapots in 1993.

“We became known as the teapot family,” Blazyes said.

His museum and café in Yalding – thought to contain the largest collection of new teapots in Britain and once frequented by royalty – is now up for sale after 21 years.

Molly’s festival brought comfort and closure – Dad

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Image caption, Molly McLaren was murdered in 2017

The father of a young Kent woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend has spoken of the ‘breakout’ that an annual tribute festival brought to the family.

The latest MollyFest, in memory of 23-year-old Molly McLaren who was stabbed in Chatham in 2017, was held at the Old Gravesendians Rugby Football Club in Gravesend on May 25.

“It’s hard to say if it brought closure, comfort or distraction. I don’t know which of those is true, but it was fun,” he said.