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PICTURES: Dartford residents celebrate history of the town

PUBLISHED: 14:31 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 02 October 2013

This classic image shows the stills of Dartford shared by the members of the Facebook group.

This classic image shows the stills of Dartford shared by the members of the Facebook group.

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Dartford residents were invited to take a trip down memory lane on Sunday, as a series of talks, guided walks and even a classic car display revealed the borough’s past.

The first Dartford Remembered Live event took place at The Orchards Shopping Centre and in High Street from noon to 5pm, inspired by the Facebook group of the same name.

With more than 3,500 members, the Dartford Remembered group is packed with residents past and present sharing stories and pictures from the borough.

The group joined forces with Dartford Council to put on the weekend event, which included talks on ‘Secret Dartford’ delivered by local historian Christophe Bull.

Cllr Jeremy Kite, leader of the council, spent time at the event on Sunday and paid tribute to the founder of Dartford Remembered – Steve Hudson.

He said: “We owe a huge amount to Steve Hudson who started the Facebook group and I think everyone had a great time.

“It was a day for the many people who love Dartford, rather than the few who always seem to want to talk it down.

“There were so many highlights and we’d certainly like to do it again. Above all, it proved that Dartford is a town with a great heart, a great community and, of course, a great history.”

As well as a line of classic cars, display boards in The Orchards and scheduled talks – there was also an appearance from Punch and Judy in the High Street.

To join the online community, search for Dartford Remembered at Facebook.com.

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