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Report - Matthews Equestrian Centre - Kent - August 2016

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by silentwalker, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    History
    Matthews Equestrian Centre was owned by a Tony Rocco who made his fortune as a professional wrestler back in the 70's. He built the place as a memorial to his son Matthew who died at a young age. Mr Rocco wasn't a horseman but he was a visionary and a very good publicist and so at the time Matthews Equestrian Centre featured heavily on the local tv.
    The council put the nail in the coffin of Matthews by refusing planning permission for more major shows and as a sort 'up yours' to them, Mr Rocco decided to leave it there to rot rather than redevelop it.

    The Explore

    Sadly the venue has been subject to many fires and vandals smashing the place up over the years which is a shame. I have visited the place many times over the years and have seen change every time. Thought I would take some snaps as I never have bothered to take my camera there before.

    This place would be ideal as a first explore for someone wanting to learn the ropes, an easy access with a couple of nice little features left.

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    Thanks for taking a ganders :thumb
     
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  2. mockney reject

    mockney reject 28DL Regular User
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    Seen a couple of reports on this, It pisses me off that some council's are so short sighted. It could have been great for the area
     
  3. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Would have bought a lot of life to an area that needed it! Such a shame but thats councils for you, they are a joke
     
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