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PUBLISHED: 15:42 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:38 23 August 2010

ARCTIC April showers of snow covered north Kent at the weekend as residents woke to a winter wonderland. Up to eight inches of snow covered rural areas surrounding Gravesend and Dartford with the towns also hidden under a thick blanket. The freak snow s

ARCTIC April showers of snow covered north Kent at the weekend as residents woke to a winter wonderland.

Up to eight inches of snow covered rural areas surrounding Gravesend and Dartford with the towns also hidden under a thick blanket.

The freak snow storms hit early on Sunday morning after parts of Britain basked in brilliant sunshine just days earlier. Last Thursday and Friday temperatures soared to 18.9C (66F).

On Sunday dog walkers and families spent the day at Camer Park, Meopham, and Trosley Park, Vigo, in freezing conditions.

Jasmine Holmes, 10 was sledging with her mum Dawn Holmes, from near Echo Square, Gravesend, at Windmill Hill.

Jasmine said: "I woke up at about 8.30am and looked out of the window to see snow everywhere. After seeing that there was only one thing we were going to do today."

Her mother added: "It's a bit late in the year and not often you see snow covered daffodils but it's beautiful, well worth braving the cold."

At north Kent country parks families built snowmen and dogs chased and ate snowballs thrown by their owners.

Raymond, 12, and Robert Pankhurst, five, from Chalky Bank, Gravesend were determined to build the biggest snowman at Camer Park.

Dog Walker Steve Armstrong, from Meopham, said: "It's beautiful the dogs love it, what a wonderful day."

It was a stark contrast to the same time last year when residents hit the beaches as temperatures soared.

At the weekend children in Central Park, Dartford, had snowball fights as the first major April wintry weather hit Britain for 19 years.

Dartford and Greenhithe had several inches of snow and extensive snowfalls at Brands Hatch caused the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike championship to be abandoned.

At 11.15am on Sunday morning Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of MotorSport Vision (MSV), said they had to cancel the day following a review of circuit conditions and the latest weather forecast.

He said: "It is bitterly disappointing for all the fans who have come and of course for all the teams and organisations including the Brands Hatch team who have put so much into this weekend.

"Apart from the inability to put on the great show fans expect from BSB, safety is our number one priority and this must not be compromised."

Following a review of the racing calendar MSV announced the rescheduling of the event now expected to take place on Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on May 10 and 11.

Mr Palmer said: "All race day, weekend and grandstand tickets for today's event will be valid for the new date with no extra charge."

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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