London Array sponsors Kent’s Coastal Week

London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, will be one of the leading attractions at Kent’s Coastal Week 2013’s flagship event in Margate on Sunday, October 27.

The ‘Changing Coast at Margate’ day will launch a week-long programme of events, with stalls and activities at The Piazza, alongside The Parade at Margate seafront, from 10am – 3pm.

Staff from London Array, which is 12 miles off the Margate coast and visible on a clear day, will be present, alongside Southern Water, Thanet Coast Project and a host of other organisations from the Kent coast. There will be face painting, crafts activities and information about the changing face of Margate.

London Array is also offering the prize for the Coastal Week Writing Competition, with the winner being given the opportunity to take their family on a boat trip to see the 175 turbines that make up the wind farm. Open to people aged between 12 and 18, entrants need write 200 words or fewer on the subject: “What the Kent Coast means to me”.

Mike O’Hare, General Manager for London Array, said: “We are pleased to sponsor Kent’s Coastal Week for a third year. This year’s theme of the ‘Changing Coast’ is particularly apt both because of our location offshore and also because combating climate change has an important role to play in protecting Kent’s coastline in the future.

“Now that London Array is fully operational, we’ll be generating enough clean power to meet the needs of around 500,000 homes and preventing the release each year of some 925,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main gas contributing to global warming.”

More than 40 other events will be taking place around Kent’s world-renowned coastline during Kent Coastal Week 2013, which takes place over the half term break. Full details and how to enter the writing competition can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/coastalweek.

 Kent’s Coastal Week 2013 is sponsored by London Array and Southern Water with support from Coastal Communities 2150 (Interreg IVA) and Kent County Council.

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