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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - All Aboard -

Are you sit­ting com­fort­ably? Shop­pers had a chance to perch on a big red sofa as part of a pub­lic re­la­tions stunt in Ash­ford town cen­tre last week.

Vir­gin Me­dia set up the big red chair to boost aware­ness about its lat­est ex­pan­sion of su­per­fast broad­band in Ash­ford.

The com­pany is ex­tend­ing its fi­bre op­tic net­work to a fur­ther 8,000 homes and busi­nesses in Ash­ford, along with a fur­ther 100,000 else­where in Kent.

The com­pany says it will al­low small busi­nesses to en­joy down­load speeds of up to 350 megabits per sec­ond (Mbps) and res­i­dents can con­nect to broad­band with down­load speeds of be­tween 100 Mbps and 300 Mbps – the av­er­age in Kent is just 18 Mbps.

Among those who ven­tured out to see what all the fuss was about were MP Damian Green and coun­cil leader Gerry Clark­son, who looked com­fort­able enough on the red sofa, though per­haps they would have pre­ferred Tory blue.

Cllr Clark­son said: “A grow­ing town like Ash­ford needs the very best mod­ern technology and we are de­lighted Vir­gin Me­dia have cho­sen our bor­ough for such a sig­nif­i­cant dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.

“It will mean we will have some of the best broad­band ac­cess in the coun­try, which will make a big dif­fer­ence for our res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

He said Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil had made it an im­por­tant part of its lo­cal hous­ing plan to pro­vide fi­bre op­tic broad­band for the thou­sands of new homes which are to be built.

Res­i­dents in­ter­ested in con­nect­ing to the su­per­fast broad­band can reg­is­ter their in­ter­est by vis­it­ing www. vir­gin­­ble­mys­treet

Pic­tures: Ian Scam­mell/Vir­gin Me­dia

From left, MP Damian Green, Vir­gin Me­dia re­gional di­rec­tor Neil Bartholomew, Ash­ford coun­cil leader Cllr Gerry Clark­son, roar­ing Lor­raine Manyen­ga­vana and Lola Hall, three

The Mcbeath fam­ily from Ash­ford, Ophe­lia, Kelly and Ara­bella, in Vir­gin Me­dia’s big red chair

Bradley Amey-Wilks and Henry Woods, both 17, and Shan­non Trott, 20, with Sasha Horne, four months

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