The rooftops of Deal make an attractive sight - especially from above. A town of few high buildings, one of the few ways to see them is from the top of the Time Ball Tower.
The tower was built in 1820 and until 1927 it provided the official time to ships moored in the Downs off Deal, by raising at lowering the ball at 1pm each day.
The process continues today on the hour, linked to an atomic clock (as indeed are the BBC pips, which were unforgivably slow last week).
Nearby, the Deal Maritime Festival included the Hoodeners dancing around a maypole, keeping the East Kent traditions alive.
The blacked-up faces are a contrast to the usual white-dressed morris men, but the principles of a mixed pagan and Christian symbolism are similar, while the songs and music are shared across the country. The Hoodening tradition is mainly based around Christmas, when the group would tour around the village performing a play about death and resurrection, involving songs, dances and the drinking of much beer.