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Deal: What’s it really like to live in the Kent town named the best in the country

Kent Live logo Kent Live 13/04/2022 Matt Drake

It seems like every time there is any kind of poll on the UK's best towns, Deal is high on the list. And it's no different in 2022.

In a recent poll by The Times, Deal is described as having a "can-do attitude" in which "this ancient port turns homegrown hops into beer and hoppy days". But some locals have expressed concerns in the past about Deal getting media attention in case more people move to the area and drive up prices.

Some locals refer to "DFLs" (down from Londoners) in a disparaging way. But we sought to find out what the response is to the latest poll.

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"I've lived here all my life for 75 years," said Linda Dixon. "The way this area has changed over the years is amazing. Yes I would say that the house prices have risen a ridiculous amount but this is just a really great area.

"People complain about DFLs but even in the '60s when people came down to work in the mines people still complained. I mean why wouldn't you move here? There are great pubs and restaurants, the Astor Theatre is now being used more than ever and it is just beautiful."

Pictured, a general view of Deal Pier on April 12, 2022 © KentLive Pictured, a general view of Deal Pier on April 12, 2022

Her son, David, quipped: "When I was growing up around here it was God's waiting room. I visit here from London so I am basically a DFL now.

"But I would definitely move back. If I had the money now I'd buy a house and use it as a holiday home, which I know some people around here wouldn't like.

"I really love going for runs in the morning along the beachfront. Maybe when I retire I'll come back."

Pictured, Debra and Cliff Bean on Deal seafront © KentLive Pictured, Debra and Cliff Bean on Deal seafront

Nick Stephens said: "I've lived here since 2013. DFLs contribute a lot to the area. All of these independent shops are supported by Londoners coming here and spending money."

Cliff Bean said: "Take a look at Dover. That's a place that could do with an injection of money. It lacks DFLs and you can tell. It's just run down.

"I live between Dover and London so I guess you could call me a UFD (up from Dover). In the 1950s this place was a dump and there was nothing here.

"DFLs made this place. The only thing Deal is missing is a sandy beach. If it had that then it would be even more popular."

Debra Bean said: "I read an article about people in this area not liking DFLs and I thought that was really sad. But I tell you what, the people in this area are really nice. Very friendly crowd."

Pictured, Wendy and Trevor Moss with their dog Raft © KentLive Pictured, Wendy and Trevor Moss with their dog Raft

Tracey Purchase, 51, from St Margaret's said: "It's just a great place to visit and to live. I mean, it's great. Lovely ice cream here too."

"We came here the other week for a gig at the Astor," said Trevor Moss. "We actually live in Folkestone which is obviously a seaside town. We come here for a change of scenery. I'm not really surprised it's voted as one of the best places to live in the UK."

Wendy Moss added: "I'm from Canada originally. Lived in Kent for a lot of my time here. It's just a nice place."

One man called Thomas, 91, said: "I moved here from Croydon. It's just a fantastic area."

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