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Weekly’s special edition marks 10 years since earthquake on patch

A weekly newspaper marked 10 years since an earthquake hit its patch with a special edition featuring reporters’ memories of the tremor.

The Folkestone and Hythe Express carried a nine-page special looking back at the quake and speaking to those who remember the dramatic events – including Express staff who were on duty.

The paper reprinted some of its pages from the original 2007 edition of the Kentish Express, which enjoyed a huge sales spike when it was published.

Reporter Victoria Chessum, who was a schoolgirl in Folkestone at the time of the quake, was among those to recall the day.

Earthquake bill

Victoria also spoke to three firefighters still working at the local station, two of whom were called out on the day, while the third recalled being at home when part of his chimney fell into the living room.

No one was hurt by the tremor, which measured 4.3 on the Richter scale and was felt in towns and villages up to 15 miles away.

The quake attracted a big audience at the time for Express owner the KM Group’s website, Kent Online, and radio station kmfm at the time.

The Folkestone and Hythe Express was launched in 2013 to replace an edition of the KM Group’s Kentish Express title.

Editor Robert Barman said: “The earthquake remains a big talking point in Folkestone. It was a fascinating event to revisit and also to reflect on how differently it might be covered today, with the increase in the use of social media.

“Our reporter Vicky contributed her own memories of the day, when she was a schoolgirl living in the town and remembers being woken up when her house shook.”


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  • April 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    So, basically, this newspaper has led – and devoted nine pages – to a story that is TEN years old. Anniversary stories are only worth doing if there is an ongoing campaign at the heart of them, such as justice for the Hillsborough victims or questions that still remain over the Birmingham pub bombings. This is just an excuse to re-hash a load of old photos and get people saying ‘I was there when a slate fell off a roof’. Local newspapers are struggling enough without this sort of reminiscing nonsense.

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  • April 28, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I think that’s a picture bill, not the front page. The clue’s in the lack of masthead. While ‘reminiscing nonsense’ may offend your purist instincts, the paper’s only doing something that – controversially -interests readers.

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