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In pictures: A look back at the East Kent Gazette's biggest stories

By East Kent Gazette  |  Posted: December 10, 2011

  • April 2009: A woman escapes as a blast rips through a Kemsley home. Her ex-partner was later jailed for starting the fire

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February, 1980: Ugly scenes outside Sheerness Steel as flying pickets try to get Sheppey workers to join a national strike

February 1971: A commuter train ploughs into the booking hall at Sheerness station, killing a Minster woman and injuring 11

April, 2009: A woman escapes as blast rips through a Kemsley home. Her ex-partner was later jailed for starting the fire, which killed the dog

July, 1988. Staff at Sittingbourne Memorial say farewell as town's hospital shuts. Work started on its replacement in 1995.

January, 2007: Hundreds of mill workers lose their jobs as M-real closes paper operations in Sittingbourne

August, 1999: Residents are forced inside, as 400,000 tonnes of paper destroyed at mill warehouse in Sittingbourne

May 2009: 13 pupils are hurt as heating ducts fall from the ceiling in the hall at Minster College as they take their exams

January, 2004: Six passengers escape injury after their driver forgot he was driving a double-decker and took a short cut under a bridge in Mill Way, Sittingbourne

October, 2008: An "irreplaceable" part of Sittingbourne's history is destroyed when the Dolphin Barge Museum goes up in smoke.

September, 1989: Top Leysdown nightclub Stage Three is destroyed when flames rip through the building during the early hours

January, 1978: Dale Howting has whistled up nearly £1 million since the former Sittingbourne postie got on his bike and joined the fundraising trail

July, 1981: Youngsters from Sittingbourne celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana with parties and their own mock ceremony

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