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Maidstone: Mackenzie Crook’s Kent hometown labelled ‘a dump’ in blistering review

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Original article from Kent Live

Maidstone is the county town of Kent and is home to more than 113,000 residents.

One of those lucky enough to call Maidstone home is the actor and comedian Mackenzie Crook.

The 49-year-old, who is best known for his roles in The Office and Pirates of The Caribbean, was born in the town in 1971.

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In an interview in 2016, Mackenzie said he was "a happy child" growing up with his two siblings and parents.

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Who can blame him! Maidstone is not only a great place with lots of things to do but it has really good links into the city.

If you like history, then Leeds Castle is the place to go, if you like culture then the Maidstone Museum is well worth a visit and if you like a good night on the town then few places in Kent compare to Maidstone.

And yet, some people just cannot be pleased.

The satirical website ILiveHere sees residents slate their hometown with savage reviews which are more often that not well wide of the mark.

A view of Maidstone from above

Maidstone gets a particularly brutal ride on the website.

One clearly unimpressed local labelled the town "a dump" in their review.

They said: “It has all the character of a pair of unisex, elasticated waisted, beige slacks whose only design mandate was to be as dull as they possibly could.”

They added: “I am moving out as soon as [COVID-19] lockdown is over and I am counting the seconds.“

Another reviewer said: “My plan was for my child to grow up here, but no way in hell is that happening, even if I have to put myself in debt for the rest of my life I will leave here and if I see a map I will use black marker to cross this place out.

Mote Park lake in Maidstone

Mackenzie Crook was born in Maidstone but was brought up in the village of Sutton-at-Hone near Dartford where he attended Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.

In 2001, Mackenzie shot to fame when played the role of Gareth Keenan in The Office, winning two BAFTA nominations for his role.

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