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Angry traders say they've been charged hundreds to run stalls at Faversham Hop Festival News Today's news Business news Weather Traffic Send us your story Complaints Digital archive Digital newspapers News alerts kmfm update Blogs Buy a photo School Closures Sport Gillingham Football Athletics Hockey Kent cricket Motorsports Rugby Sport columns Other sport Medway Sports Awards What's On What's On news Movie news What's On reviews Find Ray Ban RB4161 Sunglasses Havana Crystal Frame Brown Polarized L
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