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Kent Miners Festival - 2010
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From: Gary Cox
Sent: 26 Feb 2010
Subject: Kent Miners Festival

Hello all. Latest Press Release. Thanks Gary

As interest in the Kent Miners Festival 2010 surges, organisers are appealing for a main sponsor to back the popular event.

The two day spectacular aims to draw former Kent Coalfield communities together at the same time as remembering the rich mining heritage unique to the county's pit towns and villages.

Former Betteshanger miner, Gary Cox said: "This is a community event which is free to enter, but to continue in this way, we need as much financial help as possible. This Event is all about giving something back to the people of our communities.”

"We are keen to secure a main sponsor, but any sponsorship is welcome, be it donations for our prize draw, or performers staging a set for free, or taking part in anyway you can."

Held at Fowlmead Country Park, a reserve built on the former spoil tip of the nearby Betteshanger Colliery - the festival has doubled in size since it was inaugurated last August.

This year, it will be held on the August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday.

Among the impressive list of activities are events including a miner’s reunion, live music, dancers and a boxing exhibition to name but a few.

Other sporting events are in the planning, but local groups - especially youth-based organisations - are urged to get in touch to see how they can become a part of the fun.

"We would like to get a youth representative to step forward and join our committee so we know we are representing youngsters properly and it is important we have an adult representative from Thanet," added Mr Cox.

The Miners Festival was originally planned as a one off to mark 20 years since the closure of the Kent Coalfield last year.

He added: "It soon became clear there was interest in making it a yearly event, but it has become too big to be confined to just one day."

The festival is organised by Mr Cox, along with Jimmy Davies, a former Miner and mining history enthusiast and Mark Kilmurray, Education and Events Manager at Fowlmead Country Park with the backing from the MoveTheMiner Committee.

Teaming up with the Kent Messenger Group via their reporter Beth Easton and linking up with Phillip Moore of GC- Publishing has helped us to move this event up to the next level.

It is hosted in association with Friends of the East Kent Road Car Company who will provide a Park and Ride service on the Sunday with the welcome return of bringing in visitor’s from our Village’s & Towns and a static Vintage Bus Display on the Monday.

The Sunday will be dedicated to youth, music and sport, while the Bank Holiday Monday will focus on heritage, including the popular miner’s reunion.

There are endless possibilities for sponsorship and clubs and organisations are still urged to get in touch with entertainment ideas to make this year's Kent Miners Festival one to remember.

Gary Cox is available for interview by calling 07800 545135 or email

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Kent Miners Festival 2010