From the White Cliffs of Dover to the regeneration of Folkestone, cross channel ferries, Eurotunnel and more, Kersh Media specialise in professional, eye-catching video production that will help your business succeed and grow.
We’re based in Kent and clients include; Kent County Council, The University of Kent, Shepherd Neame, Gallagher Construction and many SMEs in East Kent and brands across the UK and overseas.
Kersh Media was established by Graham Majin in 2005. Graham’s a former BBC Senior Producer who set-up BBC South East Today and produced and directed a wide range of output for more than 14 years. Today that same level of professionalism and attention to detail is available to your business at highly competitive rates.
Did You Know?
The first day of August 1993 marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Folkestone to Boulogne route to regular traffic, a date fixed by the coming of the railway to the Kentish port.
The line from London, via Reigate and Tonbridge, had arrived in June 1843 but as the nineteen arches of the Foord Viaduct were still under construction, a hastily built terminus was erected near the site of the present Folkestone Central station. It was not until six months later that the viaduct was completed and trains were able to use Folkestone station at its eastern end.
The steeply graded railway down to the harbour was built almost immediately, dropping 111 feet for a distance of 1328 yards. Not only did it reach the harbour at right angles but in order to allow trains a level stretch in which to stop, the Railway Pier was built dividing the existing harbour into two, thus creating the Inner and Outer Harbours.
“The Times” in June 1847 noted that with the opening of the Boulogne and Amiens Railway to Abbeville, it was now possible to reach Paris from London in 14 hours, the Folkestone – Boulogne crossing taking 1 hour 45 minutes.
Kentish railway rivalry saw the London Chatham and Dover Railway reach Dover in 1861 and in the following year, the South Eastern steamers retired to the Folkestone – Boulogne crossing leaving the newcomers on the then unpopular Calais link.
It was not until 1867 that the direct railway line to Calais was opened down to Boulogne, joining the existing route to Paris. From that time, the Dover – Calais route, being four miles shorter, became more popular.
By the 1960s the English Channel routes were experiencing a tremendous growth in roll on-roll off vehicle traffic. Dover, Calais and Boulogne all had link-spans, connecting shore to ship, in operation since the 1950’s, while Folkestone struggled to compete and was gradually being strangled by lack of investment.
Cars were carried in small numbers by the time-honoured method of craning them on board, but this could not compare with neighbouring Dover which, in 1966, had opened its third linkspan (of double deck design) which enabled two hundred plus cars to be loaded within minutes. Heavy freight was also on the advance and road hauliers looked for vessels with high vehicle deck headroom in order to accommodate their increasingly large lorries.
Folkestone’s saviour was undoubtedly the £9 million development scheme including the building of its own link-span which was ready for traffic in July 1972. It brought the port a new lease of life and the Boulogne link was reinstated on a daily basis throughout the year. Calais services were interwoven with these while for the first time in the port’s history, twice-nightly freight sailings were also opened to Ostend.
In 1990 Sealink British Ferries was sold by Sea Containers to Stena Line of Sweden, but which excluded the company’s port ownerships such as Folkestone Harbour. With continued expansion and investment being focused on the intense competition on the Dover – Calais route, in autumn 1991 Stena Line announced the closure of the Folkestone – Boulogne service, which took place on 31 December 1991.
Sea Containers’ purchase of the then hovercraft only operator Hoverspeed in 1987 and subsequent investment in new high speed Seacat catamarans in the early 1990s, presented Folkestone Harbour with a further lifeline, and in April 1992 a high speed Seacat Folkestone – Boulogne service was introduced.
Sea Containers closed the Folkestone – Boulogne service in September 2000. From then on Folkestone Harbour ceased to exist as a cross channel passenger port for the first time in its history.
Source; Folkestone Harbour
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