Podcast: Christmas lights in Medway are saved thanks to fundraising and local companies

There will be Christmas lights in Medway this year – despite the council saying they can not afford to fund them.

The authority announced last week it was having to cut back on festive decorations in the Towns which would have cost £75,000.

A crowdfunding campaign set up over the weekend for lights in Rochester has raised almost £24,000 and three companies have announced they will make sure Strood, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham are lit up.

We’ve got reaction from Rochester’s conservative MP and a local Labour councillor.

Also in today’s podcast, a coach company has announced it’s closing a depot in Kent after 55 years.

National Express Transport Solutions have started a consultation to shut the Kings Ferry site in Gillingham.

We’re being urged to learn how to save a life as part of Restart a Heart Day.

The charity that runs the air ambulance in Kent is holding free sessions for schools, businesses and community groups to learn how to do CPR.

Traders in Gravesend have welcomed news the council is bringing in an external company to manage Gravesham Borough Market.

It is hoped outside expertise will help to increase footfall to the market, which is one of the oldest surviving in the country.

Congratulations to a tattoo parlour in Tunbridge Wells that’s been named the best in Kent.

Black and Even opened eight years ago and has even inked celebs including Kerry Katona and Tamara Ecclestone. We hear from the owner.

And, it wasn’t a good weekend for Gillingham as they suffered a 4-1 defeat on the road at Walsall.

Macauley Bonne got the only goal for the Gills who’ve dropped to seventh in league two.