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Tourists from Europe have grabbed the opportunity of cheap accommodation for the Olympics and have been filling up the fields of Gravesend’s rugby clubs.

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Gravesham Borough Council and the Camping and Caravanning Club offered an event campsite for the Games at Gravesend and Old Gravesendians Rugby Clubs.

At £30 per night for a pitch, Olympics fans have stayed in their own tents and caravans and used the high-speed rail link from Ebbsfleet International to Stratford International.

Debbie McGarry, from the Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “We have had people from France, Sweden and Holland and from all over the UK.

“There are about 200 pitches taken up so we are about 60 per cent full.”

Gareth Drane, 34, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, with his mum and daughter, said: “Camping seemed the best option for cost, really, and luckily the weather is looking good.”

Paul, 47, and Marion, 42, Sully, with children Owen, 12, and Emily, 10, from Wyndham in Norfolk, said: “We got tickets for the Judo which was great as both our children do it. We initially bought £1800 worth of tickets but ended up with £180 worth.

“Staying in Gravesend was a great idea. We were always going to camp and it is cheap.”

Patrice, 39 and Sylvie, 35, with children Julie, 14, Alexia ,14, and Lisa ,8, from France, said: “It’s the first time the children have visited London so we have been doing all the sights. It has been very busy, there are so many people. We have got tickets for the shooting and synchronised swimming and are staying here for the full two weeks.”

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