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Here he entertained his mistress Alice Keppel and nosy locals out for a stroll along the Leas would peer into the glassed conservatory to catch a glimpse of the bearded king, his male friends and his very special friend, the beauteous Keppel.

As Kent Antique Fairs, John Rendle has organised a monthly antiques and collectors’ event at the Grand Hotel for many years with the next on Sunday, February 5.

However, he is now in poor health so the running of the fairs has passed to two of the fairs’ supporters, local ephemera dealer James Langdon and Maidstone collector Geoff Chapman.

For information on the fairs, contact Langdon on 07912 878038.