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Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2019

Thorpe Park Fright Nights 2019

Join us for Fright Nights 2019, Thorpe Park’s most terrifying Halloween event. Reawaken your darkest nightmares as you battle to survive 8 horrifying scare attractions. 

With TWO brand new live-action horror experiences, prepare to have your deepest, darkest phobias unleashed. Face your fears with the return of SIX frightening favourites including the award-winning The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare and the petrifying Platform 15.
Do you dare to ride into the dead of night and explore an Island home to FEAR itself?

Blair Witch

Blair Witch Thorpe Park Fright Nights
Venture deep into the cursed Black Hills Forest and discover the truth behind the legend of the Blair Witch. This iconic horror movie maze will take you through the eerie wilderness as you fight to take on the evil that lurks beyond the darkness. 

The Walking Dead: Do or Die

Make your way through the compound towards Sanctum in this live-action outdoor maze. However, the road to safety isn’t as easy as it seems. Survival only comes to those who find food. Rumour has it there is an unexplored Del Arno trailer nearby that might be your ticket to Sanctum but will you survive long enough to see it?

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare

The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare Thorpe Park Fright Nights
Live out your worst nightmares as you find yourself with other survivors at the terrifying mercy of the notorious Saviours. Staring straight into the face of death, relive the horror of the post-apocalyptic world of zombies. Experience terrifying iconic scenes of the world’s biggest horror franchise including the world’s first experience of Season 7. 

Platform 15

All aboard! Depart on a one way ticket as you trek along the deserted railway line in search for the notorious Sleepy Express. Don’t lose track and disturb the haunted souls that were once on board, or you may just experience the same chilling fate. Can you out-run what lies ahead or will your journey terminate at Platform 15? 

Screamplexx Cinema

Screamplexx Cinema by Bloody Cuts Thorpe Park Fright Nights
No Halloween event is complete without a terrifying horror movie marathon. Watch from behind the safety of your popcorn as you immerse yourself in a series of spine-chilling, terrifying short films.  As if watching the scariest of movies isn’t enough there will be a few spooky surprises along the way - they don’t call it a Screamplexx 4D experience for nothing! 


Can you find the antidote to a deadly infection before the time runs out? Working in groups, you’ll be locked inside four frightening rooms in the ultimate timed escape. Facing your worst nightmares, you’ll need to break the codes and make your way through each chilling challenge to save humanity. 

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Too scared to go alone? 
Grab a group of your most formidable friends for the best chance to survive the Island! 
Armed with a fearsome coach and its driver, head to the home of fear with a deadly deal. Save up to 35% off entrance and travel prices, even if you can’t save yourself! 

48 Hours in the City of Love

The City of Love Paris, Wedding Couple in front of the Eiffel Tower
Paris, the city of love, is one of the most romantic destinations on Earth and is the second most popular place in the world for proposals. Every corner of this city oozes romance, from rooftop gardens and dining under the stars to Champagne toasts and cute bike rides. 
If you’ve only got 48 hours in this beautiful city, make it count with these top places to visit! 


sacre-coeur paris
Sitting atop the hill of Montmartre is the stunning white-domed Sacre-Coeur, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. This beautiful church is the second most visited church in Paris, being beaten only by the Notre Dame. Visitors can bask in the church grounds or attempt the 300-step climb to the top of the dome for a spectacular view of the city. 

Champs Elysees

The Champs Elysees is the world’s most beautiful avenue. Lined with gorgeous trees and stretching almost 2 kilometres, this avenue is definitely worth a visit. With luxury stores, Michelin-star restaurants, quaint cafes and famous nightclubs decorating the avenue, there is something for everyone. A visit to the Champs Elysees wouldn’t be complete without a stop off at Laduree for a taste of France’s famous macarons.  

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The magnificent Arc de Triomphe lies at the top of the Champs Elysees. It’s the biggest arch in the world and allows visitors to climb to the top for breath-taking views over the city. 


The Louvre Museum in Paris
The iconic glass pyramid lies at the entrance to the Louvre. With over 380,000 objects and 35,000 artwork displays, the Louvre is the world’s largest art museum. This historic monument is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, its most popular attraction. 

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle
The Sainte Chapelle features the most extensive glass window collection in the world. The windows tower an impressive 15 metres high, leaving visitors looking up in awe. Sainte Chapelle’s French Gothic style is what attracts so many through its doors, that and it’s located a short 5-minute walk from the world famous Notre-Dame.

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. It’s the main botanical garden in France and covers an incredible 28 hectares. The garden features libraries, artworks, greenhouses and a small zoo. 

Eiffel Tower

The most famous landmark in France, the Eiffel Tower offers the best views of Paris. Visitors can stop off at one of the 3 levels. Level 1 and 2 offers visitors a spot of shopping as well as gourmet dining. The Michelin-star Jules Verne restaurant on Level 2 offers romantic candle-lit dining, perfect for a proposal. A visit to the incredible observation deck on level 3 is a must, it offers the best 360 views of the city!

Fall in love with Paris…

If you’re planning a group trip to discover this beautiful city, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry. 
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Experience the Laid-Back Surfer Vibes of Cornwall

Cornwall is Europe’s hotspot for surfers, attracting surfers from around the world to take to the waves. 

Cornwall’s perfect position means its rugged north and west coasts get the biggest and best waves from the powerful Atlantic Ocean. In contrast to the south coast which is calm and known as the Cornish Riviera. 
Catch a break at one of these fantastic surf beaches. 

Fistral Beach, Newquay 

Surfer at Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall

Fistral Beach is the epicentre of Europe’s surfing scene. Visitors can learn to surf from Fistral’s countless surf schools. While the regular 8ft swells attract some of the biggest names in surf. The annual surf festival Boardmasters transforms Fistral Beach bringing pro surf, skate and BMX competitions, including World Surf League contests.  

Best for… All skill levels
You’ll love… the famous Cornish Cribbar. With swells reaching up to 30ft, this is Cornwall’s best known big wave spot for experienced surfers.  

Gwenver Beach, Penzance 

Surfer at Gwenver Beach, Penzance, Cornwall

Gwenver Beach is quite possibly the most exposed beach in England. Less than 2 miles from Lands’ End, Gwenver feels the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a secluded beach only accessible by foot, making it much less crowded than the nearby Sennen Beach. 

Best for… Intermediate, Expert
You’ll love… the powerful waves. These solid 6ft swells have the power of the Atlantic Ocean behind them, making them unsuitable for beginners but fantastic for experienced surfers. 

Polzeath Beach, Padstow 

Surfer at Polzeath Beach, Padstow

Polzeath is a beautiful sandy beach, which in low tide spans around half a mile in all directions. It’s one of the safest beaches along this stretch of coast and has been awarded Blue Flag status. Due to its gentle shelving and sheltered beach, the waves here lack power making it perfect for beginners.  

Best for… Beginners
You’ll love… the long slow breaking waves make the ideal conditions for learning to surf. 

Grab your surfboard and let’s go!

Hit the waves and catch that perfect break, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today. 
Every great journey starts here!

Discover the Great British Coast

From rugged cliff-faces to tranquil golden sandy beaches, Britain’s coastline is one of the best in the world. 

The Great British Coast is dotted with hidden beaches, stunning bays and breath-taking walks. Prepare to look out in awe as you explore what Britain has to offer. 


Rhossili, Gower Peninsula, Wales, British Coast
©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Where is it? Gower Peninsula, Swansea in Wales. 
What’s special? With dramatic scenery and Wales’ most iconic cliffs, Rhossili is a beautiful 3-mile stretch of coastline. This National Trust site has breath-taking headland walks including a walk to the highest point of Gower. 
Best place to stay… The Kings Head Inn is a 17th century inn set in the heart of Gower. It serves traditional pub food from steak and ale pies to beer battered fish with homemade chips. 
London to Rhossili takes… 4.5 hours.


Bamburgh Beach and Bamburgh Castle British Coast
Credit: Britain on View/
Where is it? Northumberland, England.
What’s special? The clear seas and sandy beaches of Bamburgh stretch far and wide. On a warm summers’ day you can look out across the sea for views of Farne Islands. Perched on top of the hill, overlooking the glorious beach is the iconic Bamburgh Castle. 
Best place to stay… The Victoria Hotel is set in the heart of Bamburgh, a mere 12-minute walk from the magnificent castle. The hotel serves delicious regional food all day within the Bar & Brasserie.
London to Bamburgh takes… 6.5 hours.

Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands Near Barnstaple North Devon Great Britian

Where is it? Saunton in North Devon, England.
What’s special? This 3-mile stretch of golden sand is hidden behind the largest dunes in Britain, Braunton Burrows. It’s a popular spot for surfers as the crashing Atlantic waves give surfers the perfect break.   
Best place to stay… The Saunton Sands Hotel is a stunning beachfront hotel perfectly positioned for the best views from every room. As North Devon’s leading hotel, it features a luxurious spa to help you unwind after a long day of exploring.  
London to Saunton Sands takes… 4.5 hours.


Whitstable, Kent

Where is it? Kent, South East England.
What’s special? Whitstable is famous for its annual oyster festival. Try your hand at the famous oyster-eating competition and watch the fantastic parades and performances. When the festival isn’t on you can enjoy coastal walks and feast on some of the freshest seafood in the county. 
Best place to stay… The family-run Hotel Continental on the seafront offers the perfect setting for a coastal escape. You can even stay in a uniquely converted beach hut and enjoy breakfast in the main hotel.  
London to Whitstable takes… 1.5 hours.


Loch Inver, Scottish Highlands

Where is it? Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland in Scotland. 

What’s special? By day trek to the peak of Mount Suilvan and by night dine in Michelin-starred restaurants. This busy fishing harbour is the perfect base for walkers, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts.   
Best place to stay… Mountview boasts unrivalled views of Loch Inver from each of its accommodations. Guests can stay in a Mega Pod, log cabins or a converted croft house for an authentic highland experience.
London to Lochinver takes… 12 hours.


Are you ready to explore?

Get on the road to discovering the Great British Coast, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today.
Every great journey starts here!

Kids Go Free This Summer

If you're struggling to think of things to do with the kids this summer holiday, why not take them to London for free! From 22nd July until 27th September 2019 children under the age of 12 will be able to travel on-board our commuter services free of charge when accompanied by a fare paying adult.

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Not only can your kids travel with you for free onboard our commuter services, you won’t even need to spend a penny for a fun-filled day out with our roundup of free things to do in London.

The Science Museum

The Science Museum London Kids Go Free
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Their interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
Entry is free, but charges apply for the IMAX 3D Cinema and some special exhibitions and attractions.
Open 10.00-18.00 daily.
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum London Kids Go Free

One of the most iconic and impressive buildings in London, the Museum recently reimagined its spectacular Hintze Hall. Discover star specimens such as Hope – a 25-metre blue whale plunging down from the ceiling, a rock as old as the solar system and one of the UK’s most complete dinosaurs.
Other treasures from the Museum’s unique collection of more than 80 million specimens can be seen across its many permanent galleries, which includes one of the world’s most impressive dinosaur exhibitions. The Museum has a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions which includes its world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. There is also an exciting after-hours events programme featuring early morning yoga, silent discos and dinosaur sleepovers.
With regular family exhibitions, plenty interactive activities and action-packed school holiday programmes, there's something for everyone at the Natural History Museum.
Entry to the Natural History Museum is free. There are admission charges for some of the special exhibitions and events.
Open daily 10.00-17.50. Last admission 17.30. Open late on the last Friday of each month. 
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tate Modern

Tate Modern Gallery London

A day out in London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern. Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
Entrance for the gallery is free, charges for events/special exhibitions
Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00. Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00
Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

British Museum

British Museum Free

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.
World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
Entrance to the Museum is free. A donation of £5 is recommended. There are admission charges for special exhibitions and some events
Open daily 10.00-17.30. Open late on Fridays until 20.30
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Marvel at street performers in Covent Garden. Since the 1660s Covent Garden has never missed a chance to put on a performance. The first record of Covent Garden street entertainment came in 1662, when Samuel Pepys’ diary notes that a marionette show featuring a character named Punch took place on the Piazza. Today, the custom continues with a whole host of daily performances you can watch for free!
Entrance to Covent Garden is free
Open daily
Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Free Walking Tour of London

London at Dusk

No other tour covers so many major London landmarks! Have your cameras at the ready as you walk past Westminster Abbey and the Big Ben, and see where the Queen and Prince Charles live as you stroll past Buckingham and St. James’s Palaces. On this 3-hour walking tour you'll tick off many of London's must-see sites.
This is a gratuity-based free walking tour
Tours start every day in front of the Apple Store in Covent Garden and finishes by Westminster Abbey. Please check for details of tour times
Apple Store, 1-7 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8HB

Camden Market

Camden Market London

Camden Market started off as a small arts and crafts fair in the backyard of Dingwalls. Originally it was temporary and only open on Sundays, however its popularity grew fast. Today they are the largest market in London, open seven days a week. Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and intendent stores next to The Regent’s Canal. 
Entrance to Camden Market is free
Open daily from 10am until late
Chalk Farm Road, London

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guards London

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is the ceremony where The Queen's Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace to the New Guard. Changing the Guard begins on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:00 sharp following a march by a detachment of the Old Guard, with musical support, from St. James's Palace and the New Guard led by a Regimental Band from Wellington Barracks.
The ceremony lasts for around 45 minutes and we advise that you arrive at Buckingham Palace no later than 10:15 to bag yourself a good spot amongst the crowds.
Watching the Changing of the Guard is free of charge and no tickets are required
Changing of the Guard takes place most days from 11:00. Check before your visit
Buckingham Palace, Westminster, London SW1A 1AA

Kids travel to London free when accompanied by a full paying adult. 

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Take a Taste Tour of the UK

Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect excuse to feast your senses on new sights, sounds and smells. A tour of the UK will take you to places you’ve never been before and experiences you never knew existed! 
As a nation of foodies, our beloved country is full of local delicacies that will have your taste buds tingling. Taste your way around the UK with these local delicacies, if you’re brave enough. 


Haggis Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Everywhere in Scotland
The secret ingredients… Sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal and spices. 
You’ll love it… if you can get past the mental barrier of eating a sheep’s heart. Our Managing Director Ian loves it (albeit he’s a Scotsman), but it’s definitely worth a try if you’re in the area. They even do a veggie version!  

Welsh Rarebit ‘Rabbit’

Welsh Rarebit Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Everywhere in Wales
The secret ingredients… Cheese, eggs and milk – not a rabbit in sight!
You’ll love it… it’s the most famous Welsh dish of them all. Imagine the warm cheese sauce poured over a slice of toast, sound familiar? That’s because it is, it’s known as the posh cheese on toast and it’s delicious! 

Eton Mess

Eton Mess Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? England 
The secret ingredients… Strawberries, meringue and whipped cream. 
You’ll love it… this dish can’t go wrong. This summer dessert is a delicious concoction of broken sweetness all mixed together to make one yummy delicacy. 

Pie, Mash & Liquor

Pie Mash Eels and Liquor Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? East London
The secret ingredients… Beef pie, mashed potato, eels and parsley liquor.
You’ll love it… it’s the product of the pie and eel farmers joining forces back in the day. Although, the parsley liquor isn’t actually alcoholic and contrary to the myth it’s not made from eel water either – we don’t think! 

Devon Cream Tea

Devon Cream Tea Taste Tour of the UK

Where can you find it? Devon 
The secret ingredients… Tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. 
You’ll love it… but only if you do it the Devon way. The clotted cream goes on first then you add the jam. If you do it the other way round then you’ve got yourself a Cornish Cream Tea.

Are you feeling hungry for adventure?  

Get on the road to discovering the great tastes of the UK, kickstart your summer with The Kings Ferry today.
Every great journey starts here! 

At The Great Lines On Armed Forces Day

On the 29th June, we were invited to an Armed Forces Day event at Gillingham’s Great Lines Park.

This fantastic event saw the local community come together to show their support for servicemen and women.

On The Day 

Saturday 29th June was officially ‘the hottest day of the year’ with temperatures soaring to 31C, but that didn’t put people off.

The event saw displays and parades from various divisions; Royal Engineers, the Infantry, Royal Navy and many more. 

Our Invite

As part of the Armed Forces Covenant, we were invited to exhibit at the Great Lines event.

Recruitment Team at Armed Forces Day 2019; Lok Gurung, Lee Miller, Leigh Marriott & Simon Le Mar

Our recruitment team were on-site with our new training coach to discuss employment opportunities after service. The event was a huge success for us, it attracted over 20 academy sign ups and 6 new driver recruits!

A Couple of Special Visitors

We had a special visit on-board our training coach from the Deputy Mayor of Medway, Habib Tejan. Our Group Training and Development Manager, Simon Le Mar was on-hand to discuss The Kings Ferry and our new Driver Training Academy. 

The Kings Ferry Team with Deputy Mayor of Medway, Habib Tejan. (Left to right; Simon Le Mar, Habib Tejan and Lok Gurung)

The Deputy Mayor wasn’t the only one who was impressed by our coach, this dog seemed to enjoy his time on-board too.

Boxer Dog on The Kings Ferry Training Academy Coach

Our Fantastic Team

We would like to say a huge thank you to our Driver Recruitment team; Simon Le Mar, Lee Miller and Leigh Marriott for giving up your time to help out on the day. We would also like to say thanks to Lok Gurung, one of our ex-forces drivers who gave up his time to come down on the day to speak to potential new recruits. 

Well done to the team on this successful event – we know it wasn’t easy in the intense heat.   

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Glastonbury Festival 2019

Glastonbury Festival is the UK’s biggest music festival and the largest Greenfield festival in the world! 

2019 saw the annual festival return to Worthy Farm following a fallow year. It was held over the 26th–30th June and saw an impressive 175,000 festival-goers attend. 

Big Names

Glastonbury Festival has always been home to some of the biggest names on the planet. David Bowie headlined the festival back in 1971, the only year the festival was free. The 1980’s saw headlining acts such as; Hawkwind, Van Morrison, UB40 and The Cure. The 90’s brought with it a rock and roll vibe, whilst the noughties had something for everyone; pop, rock and electronic! 
This year’s festival was headlined by The Killers, Stormzy and returning for the fourth time, The Cure. The infamous Pyramid stage saw Stormzy sport a Banksy vest, Kylie Minogue’s emotional Glastonbury debut and a surprise speech from Sir David Attenborough praising the festival for going plastic-free which secured the biggest cheer of the event.

Transporting the Thousands 

The Kings Ferry coach at Glastonbury Festival
When 175,000 people descend onto one farm in the middle of Glastonbury, it’s no surprise the council fear the overwhelming traffic levels. That’s where the ticket and coach combo’s come in, and subsequently us!
When it comes to complex transport requirements, there aren’t many that top Glastonbury. For years we’ve been transporting thousands of festival-goers and this year was no different as we transported an enormous 44,000 passengers. 

The Secrets behind This Mammoth Task 

Transporting 44,000 people is no easy task, it requires planning - lots of planning and plenty of coffee!
We started arranging the transport for Glastonbury at least 8 months in advance as 875 movements took place. This is where our network of sub-contractors were maximised. Our own fleet and network of operators transported passengers from 29 cities across the UK including; Edinburgh, Newcastle, Norwich, London, Exeter and Swansea. 
With over 23,000 Glastonbury tickets to distribute to passengers, it was paramount that we get the right tickets to the right coaches. Did you know, each ticket has its passengers photograph on it? In hindsight, this could have been a logistical nightmare, but luckily we’re pretty experienced at it. 

The Force of the Operation

120,000 miles, 44,000 passengers, 23,000 tickets, 875 movements with a force of 362 drivers were at the wheels of this operation. 
We’ve asked our drivers time and time again what they enjoyed about transporting passengers to Glastonbury. In the past, many have said it’s the atmosphere on the coaches, the buzz around the festival but this year we had a totally different response. 
This year the thing the drivers enjoyed THE most was the lack of mud – there wasn’t a patch of mud in sight. We had clean coaches all round and welly sales were possibly at an all-time low! 

The Langa Methodist Church Choir

Amongst the thousands of festival-goers on our coaches, we transported the amazing Langa Methodist Church Choir. Originating from Cape Town, South Africa, the choir travelled to Glastonbury for their Sunday opening slot on the Pyramid Stage. Watch them get ready for their big performance on-board our coach on BBC Two iPlayer.  
Langa Methodist Church Choir Getting On The Kings Ferry Coach
The Kings Ferry Coach driving the Langa Methodist Church Choir To Glastonbury
The Langa Methodist Church Choir singing on the coach to Glastonbury
Langa Methodist Church Choir getting off coach at Glastonbury Festival

Where It All Began

Over 10 years ago, The Kings Ferry Group won a tender for See Tickets. After undergoing a trial at Paddock Wood’s Hop Farm, we were asked to transport festival-goers to Glastonbury. Needless to say, we delivered and the rest is history! 

Glasto 2020

Now that Glastonbury Festival 2019 is over, it’s not long before we start arranging the transport for 2020. Every November we get to work arranging the hundreds of coaches needed for the festival the following June. 
Next year Glastonbury Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary and we can only imagine that 2020 will be bigger and better than ever before, definitely not one to be missed!

One Amazing Effort

We would like to say a huge congratulations, thank you and well done to the team and our partner operators!
This mammoth job ran smoothly and without a hitch. That’s all thanks to the Business Development, Sub-Contracting, Contracts, Engineering, Operations and Administration teams at The Kings Ferry Group. As well as, a huge thanks to the 362 drivers and our fantastic sub-contractors, of whom we would not have been able to do this without.
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