#KissesFromKent campaign charms commuters

Six Kentish characters descended on St Pancras International station recently to give out free #KissesFromKent to commuters and visitors.

The activity was organised by Visit Kent as part of its Kent Contemporary and #KissesFromKent summer campaign, designed to showcase the Garden of England.

Costumed characters representing various Kent attractions persuaded passers-by to share a kiss and handed out special #KissesFromKent love heart sweets.

The characters included The Wife of Bath from The Canterbury Tales; a surfer/lifeguard from the beaches of Thanet; a medieval lord who frequented the likes of Hever Castle and Dover Castle; a heritage train driver from Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway; a Call The Midwife-style nurse from The Historic Dockyard Chatham; and a bearded lady from Dreamland Margate – part of its Screamland exhibit.

Jennifer Yard, Visit Kent marketing director, said: “Hopefully people have been surprised and pleased to see such strange characters wandering through the station.

“This sums up Kent perfectly – it’s wonderfully surprising. People may not know how good the surfing is in Kent, or that Call the Midwife was filmed in the beautiful Dockyards.

“They might not know the amazing stories from our castles, our rich railway heritage, or have been dazzled by the characters at Dreamland Margate.

“We want to encourage people to get to know Kent better – and to share their own #KissesFromKent along the way.”

Visit Kent launched the #KissesFromKent campaign in July, encouraging people and businesses in Kent to share pictures of them blowing kisses in their favourite Kent location. The campaign has reached more than one million people to date.