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Council plans summer of fun

A summer of fun is being planned in Herne Bay to celebrate the reopening of the pier.

Canterbury City Council has been working with the Herne Bay Pier Trust to come up with a programme of events when the neighbouring town’s pier reopens in June.

Plans include a tea party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a film screening on the pier, a sports weekend and a fireworks display. The programme of events could also include seaside fun such as Punch and Judy shows, children’s entertainers and more.

The council is also hoping to set up a beach hut market for 2013 in the town.

Councillor Darren Ellis, executive member for leisure at Canterbury City Council, said: “We covered a lot of subjects during our three-hour discussion. The trust has made a good start with its business plan and we are going to work with them to develop it in the months ahead.

“We all want the same thing – a busy and thriving pier with events and activities that the whole community wants to get involved in and enjoy. We’re absolutely certain this can be achieved and that the pier has a bright future ahead of it.”

Chairman of the Herne Bay Pier Trust, Julian Jennings, said: “The trust is working together in partnership with Canterbury City Council to create a pier that offers facilities and attractions to meet a variety of interests and tastes that appeal to all ages.

“Trustees and members are working hard to achieve our aims to create facilities and activities that will appeal to residents and attract new visitors to Herne Bay.”

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