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Park life

Aegon Scottish Equitable is to co-sponsor the Opera in The Park in Benenden Village, Kent, this July with protection consultancy Crossfield Communications. Villagers attend a picnic, are entertained by a mobile opera company and are offered free stress-busting Indian head massages.

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