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In pictures: Kent coastal businesses
Beach businesses

Kent's beaches are hugely popular with an estimated five million people visting them every year.

They are also a major source of employment.

About 2,000 people are thought to be working there as lifeguards, retailers and funfair helpers.

"Kent's coast could be made more of," says Mark Dowling, from the Tourism South East agency.

"There are very good beaches but they are an under-utilised asset."

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