Coast­line basks in sum­mer heat­wave

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ Soar­ing tem­per­a­tures have seen sun-wor­ship­pers head­ing to the coast to en­joy the balmy weather.

With the mer­cury hit­ting over 32 de­grees – hot­ter than Mi­ami – bar­be­cues and beaches have been the or­der of the day for many.

The Shep­way coast has proved a mag­net for those seek­ing sun, sand and sea.

Sunny Sands beach in Folke­stone and the Hythe seafront were par­tic­u­larly packed with sun­bathers and pad­dlers over the week­end, with ice cream ven­dors do­ing a roar­ing trade.

Supermarkets across Ash­ford have re­ported boom­ing sales of sun­glasses, ice cubes, bar­be­cue sup­plies and sum­mer bev­er­ages.

But for all of those rel­ish­ing the heat, plenty of oth­ers have been suf­fer­ing in the sun.

Staff at the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal say as well as the usual spate of sun­burn vic­tims, some more se­ri­ous cases have been at­tend­ing their Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency depart­ment.

A spokesman said: “We are see­ing more peo­ple suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion, of­ten where peo­ple haven’t taken care to keep them­selves hy­drated while drink­ing al­co­hol.

“We have also seen an in­crease in child in­juries, with more chil­dren play­ing out­side later than usual.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM2707909

Sunny Sands beach in Folke­stone


Sunny Sands beach in Folke­stone


Ice creams pop­u­lar at Hythe seafront

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