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Latest news from Southend Barns

All the latest news, info and weddings inspiration from our team…

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12th June 2024

Our Guide to the Ultimate Festival Wedding

If you’ve been dreaming of the laid back luxury of a festival style wedding, you are in luck! Surrounded by picturesque countryside and with our brand new bells tents pitched…
Wedding venue open day, West SussexEventsSouthend Blog
19th May 2024

Love at First Site Open Evening

If you are newly engaged and have begun the search for your dream wedding location, join us for our next Open Evening on Wednesday 12th June 2024, 4pm - 8pm.…
Wedding venue fireworks displaySouthend Blog
8th April 2024

Our Most Commonly Asked Wedding Questions

When it comes to planning your dream wedding day, there’s always a lot to consider. From the guest list to the ceremony plan, the wedding favours to the band, the…
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20th March 2024

Spring Wedding Day Inspiration

Why hello spring! With brighter days and blossom filled trees, we’re looking forward to lots of beautiful Southend Barns weddings. Nothing says romance like spring on the south coast, and…
Perfect wedding celebration, West SussexSouthend Blog
14th March 2024

‘We Wouldn’t Change a Single Thing’

The whole team here at Southend Barns work tirelessly to ensure that every wedding we are a part of is absolutely perfect for that individual couple. From the food and…
Wedding day live band (credit: Kevin Watkins Photography)Music & EntertainmentSouthend Blog
5th March 2024

10 Things to Consider When Booking Your Wedding Day Music

By Toast Live Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and the right music sets the tone for every memorable moment. Whether you're opting for live musicians, a DJ, or…
Food & Drink
22nd February 2024

From Field to Focaccia

By Dan Clarke, Executive Chef and General Manager Food and sustainability play an important part in the running of Southend Barns. Our reputation, not only for providing a beautiful wedding…
Gemma and Matthew's wedding celebrationReal Weddings
21st February 2024

Featured in Your Sussex Wedding Magazine

Gemma and Matthew’s slice of summer paradise has been featured in Your Sussex Wedding Magazine! The couple’s flower filled wedding was a joy to behold with every inch of our…
Couple in wedding barn venueBridal WearFloristsFood & DrinkSouthend Blog
1st February 2024

2024 Wedding Trends

2023 was awash with glorious Southend Barns wedding style as our couples expressed their love in lots of beautiful ways. Many of our 2023 couples chose to take advantage of…
Vegan dishFood & Drink
23rd January 2024

From Our Garden to Your Wedding Table, Our Top Plant-Based Dishes

By Dan Clarke As the executive chef at Southend Barns and one who has been in the business for 30 years, I often get asked the question, ‘What do you…
Wedding day music (credit: Kevin Watkins Photography)Music & EntertainmentSouthend Blog
8th January 2024

Wedding Day Music Trends

Elevate Your Day by Toast Live Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and every detail should reflect your unique style and personality. One crucial aspect is the choice…
Wedding day foodFood & DrinkSouthend Blog
20th December 2023

The Best Dishes of 2023

My Best Dishes of 2023 Daniel Clarke, Executive Chef and General Manager at Southend Barns What a year it has been for Roots at Southend Barns! Our ever-evolving 2023 menus…
Bride in white winter wedding dress (credit: Virginia Photography)Southend Blog
13th December 2023

Your Winter’s Tale – Winter Weddings at Southend Barns

From the first flurry of snow frosting our landscaped gardens, to the Threshing Barn decked in reams of twinkling lights, festive weddings at Southend Barns have a romance all of…
Wedding inspiration fair table decorationsSouthend Blog
5th December 2023

Wedding Inspiration Fair

Wedding Fair: Sunday 4th February 2024, 10.30am - 3.00pm Are you planning a wedding and looking for some inspiration? Then look no further, as we are hosting our annual Wedding…
Wedding flowers at Southend BarnsSouthend Blog
20th November 2023

Fabulous Fridays in June

Build your own dream Southend Barns summer wedding with our Fabulous Fridays in June special offer. Worth up to £1000, this incredible offer allows you to create a wedding day…
Happy couple at Southend Barns wedding celebrationSouthend Blog
15th November 2023

Tips for a Rainy Day Wedding

From storms to sunshine and back to storms again, this week has reminded us just how changeable the good old British weather can be. If you’re planning your wedding for…
Newly wed couple with wedding ringsSouthend Blog
11th October 2023

The Perfect Timings for your Wedding Day

When it comes to planning your wedding day celebrations, one of the most important elements to consider is your wedding day timings. Get it wrong and you risk either guests…
Summer wedding dress trendsSouthend Blog
2nd October 2023

Beautiful Summer Wedding Trends for 2024

While the weather has turned cooler and the days are growing shorter, we still have lots of couples planning their gorgeous summer weddings at Southend Barns. Following a season of…
Sussex wedding venueSouthend Blog
29th September 2023

Plan Your Perfect Day at Southend Barns Sussex Wedding Venue

The West Sussex countryside is undoubtedly a captivating place to invite your loved ones and guests to celebrate your wedding, offering spectacular views over the rolling fields to provide a…
Zoe and Nick on their wedding dayReal Weddings
6th September 2023

Featured in Your Sussex Wedding Magazine

Zoe and Nick’s deliciously dark Southend Barns wedding has been featured in Your Sussex Wedding Magazine. Daringly different, Zoe and Nick’s wedding channelled all the magic of Tim Burton’s gothic…
Wedding venue reception meal seatingSouthend Blog
6th September 2023

Featured on Coco Weddings

We are delighted that our latest black and white wedding inspiration shoot has been featured on the ever-stylish Coco Wedding Venues blog! Featuring the newest addition to our Styling Selections,…
Emily & Ian wedding speeches at Southend BarnsSouthend Blog
21st August 2023

Making the Most of your Wedding Speeches

For better or for worse, speeches are often a very memorable part of a wedding day. From the good natured jibes of the best man, to the touching trip down…
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13th July 2023

Our Southend Barns Date Nights

We recently held the very first of our Southend Barns Date Nights. Exclusively for the lovely couples due to tie the knot at our wedding venue, Date Night provides couples…
Roots Catering wedding foodFood & DrinkSouthend Blog
29th June 2023

Why Wedding Day Desserts Will Never Go Out of Style

From Bakewells to brûlées, nothing can evoke culinary happiness, and even a touch of nostalgia, like the sweet taste of a favourite dessert. Often the pièce de résistance to any…
Wedding floristsFloristsSouthend Blog
7th June 2023

Guest Blog: The Floral Artisan

My name is Lucy, I am Creative Director at The Floral Artisan, a bespoke floral design business in Chichester, West Sussex. My team and I create romantic and whimsical custom…
Black and white wedding dress inspirationSouthend Blog
29th May 2023

Styled Shoot: Black & White Wedding Inspiration

Highlighting the beauty and versatility of our West Sussex wedding venue, we recently held a chic styled shoot proving that barn wedding day styling doesn’t always have to be rustic!…
Southend Blog
13th April 2023

Love is in the Air – The Joy of a Spring Wedding

The start of spring has an energy all of its own, a joyful optimism as the world bursts back to life and in our countryside setting we are lucky to…
Bridesmaid's gift: botanical houseplantsSouthend Blog
5th April 2023

Thanking Your Tribe – Perfect Gifts for Bridesmaids 

From organising your hen party and helping you plan your day, to removing the confetti in your hair and delving in the depths of your dress to find that hidden…
Lucy & Jon weddingReal Weddings
28th March 2023

Lucy and Jon Featured on Rock My Wedding

Last year Lucy and Jon danced into married life amid friends and family at our stunning West Sussex wedding venue. The couple's big day oozed effortless charm and understated style,…
Outdoor wedding spaceSouthend Blog
23rd February 2023

The Best Accommodation Near Southend Barns

Located in picturesque Sussex, our rustic wedding venue has so much to offer. As well as beautiful indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, landscaped gardens and a stunning reception barn, Southend…
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31st January 2023

2023 Wedding Trends

Each January we get together and discuss our wedding trend predictions for the year ahead. While we think a wedding should always be about the couple and their own individual…
Vegan wedding foodSouthend Blog
19th January 2023

Plant-Based Weddings

As more and more couples opt for a plant-based menu on their big day, our Roots team are continually redeveloping our vegan and vegetarian offering. With produce sourced from across…
Southend Blog
22nd December 2022

Winter Wedding Inspiration

There is nothing like a winter wedding at Southend Barns. From the frost dancing across our landscaped gardens to the warm glow of twinkling lights inviting you in from the…
Southend Blog
14th December 2022

Wedding Inspiration Fair

Sunday 19 February 2023, 10.30am - 2.30pm Are you planning a wedding and looking for some inspiration? Then look no further, as we are hosting our Wedding Fair on Sunday…
Wedding champagneReal Weddings
31st October 2022

Featured on Coco Wedding Venues

Full of charm and a touch of old school glamour, we were delighted to see Bronwyn and Jamie's beautiful wedding day featured on Coco Wedding Venues recently. From the incredible…
Castle wedding (credit: Adorlee)Real WeddingsSouthend Blog
31st August 2022

Featured in Your Sussex Wedding Magazine

We were so excited to see Ben and Emma’s beautiful wedding featured in a four-page spread in the September issue of Your Sussex Wedding magazine. Full of tender moments and…
Wedding couple (credit: Teri V Photography)Real WeddingsSouthend Blog
31st August 2022

Featured on Rock My Wedding

Original, personal and oh-so-beautiful, we were delighted to see Iain and Henry’s wedding featured on Rock My Wedding recently! The couple opted for a stunning earthy colour scheme paired with…
Southend Blog
22nd July 2022

Midweek Offer

This year we are delighted to be launching a special offer for those dreaming of a beautiful weekday wedding! Available on Thursdays and Fridays during November 2022 and select months…
18th July 2022

‘Love At First Site’ Open Day

If you are newly engaged and have begun the search for your dream wedding location, join us for our 'Love at First Site' open day on Saturday 10th February from…
Same sex wedding at Southend BarnsUncategorized
28th June 2022

Celebrating Pride

In honour of Pride Month this June we have taken a trip back down memory lane to celebrate some of the incredible LGBT+ weddings we’ve had the joy of being…
Orange and red wedding celebration drinksUncategorized
8th June 2022

Our Anniversary Cocktails

Our 10th anniversary party went off with a bang, with the help of three decadent cocktails created especially for the occasion by our talented Roots team. After a little persuasion…
31st May 2022

Cheers to 10 Years

May was a milestone moment here at Southend Barns as it marked ten wonderful years of our beloved wedding venue. To celebrate our first decade, we flung open our barn…
Wedding statue at anniversary celebrationsUncategorized
27th May 2022

A Special Sculpture to Mark our 10th Anniversary

To mark 10 years of beautiful weddings here at Southend Barns we have commissioned a special sculpture by local artist Kate Viner. The piece was created to embody not just…
Southend Barns ownersUncategorized
15th May 2022

Celebrating 10 years!

This year marks our 10th anniversary since first opening our doors on 25th May 2012. It has been an incredible 10 years that has been made so memorable thanks to…
Southend Blog
5th April 2022

Spring Wedding Inspiration

There is something we all love about a spring wedding! Maybe it’s the longer days, warmer weather or the gardens coming to life with a wash of gorgeous colour –…
EventsSouthend Blog
15th March 2022

Unite for Ukraine

The news on the war in Ukraine and the many terrified people homeless and frightened because of it has been utterly heartbreaking. With many at a loss for the best…
Southend Blog
10th February 2022

Wedding Trends

Our team are experts in predicting the rise and fall of new wedding trends - from classic looks to hot-off-the-press styling, here we divulge some of our predictions for the…
Southend Blog
22nd December 2021

Winter Wedding Magic

There is something captivating about this time of year; everything is veiled in a little magic. Maybe it’s the strings of twinkling lights, the beautifully dressed trees around every corner…
Real WeddingsSouthend BlogThe Team
14th December 2021

Our 2021 Round Up…

From the intimate wedding ceremonies we were honoured to be a part of in spring to the joy of welcoming dancing back to our Threshing Barn in the summer, 2021…
PhotographersSouthend BlogSupplier
14th December 2021

Guest Blog: Chris Giles Photography

A huge thank you to Chris Giles for taking the time to write our latest guest blog with tips and advice on how to get the best out of your…
Southend Blog
3rd December 2021

Mouthwatering Menu Tasting

We had a fantastic couple of evenings last month with lots of our couples joining us for our latest Menu Tasting Events. Guests got the chance to enjoy a three-course tasting…
Southend Blog
1st December 2021

Featured on Boho Weddings

It's been lovely looking back at the beautiful styled shoot we organised earlier in the year to showcase our boho themed styling package. Set up in our Collecting Yard as…
Bridal WearSouthend Blog
25th November 2021

Guest Blog: Minster Bridal

At Minster Bridal Couture we absolutely adore helping our brides create the perfect look for their wedding day. Whether it's a super classic traditional wedding or a glamorous black-tie event…
Southend Blog
3rd November 2021

Wedding Inspiration Fair

We are very excited to be bringing back our annual Wedding Inspiration Fair on Sunday 23rd January 2022. Packed full of ideas and inspiration, we have handpicked suppliers that offer…
Southend Blog
25th October 2021

Christmas Wreath Making

Monday 13 December1.00 – 3.30pm Get into the festive spirit with a fabulous wreath making workshop here at Southend Barns with the very talented Lucy from The Floral Artisan. Join…
Southend Blog
20th October 2021

Meet the team: Grace

You’ve already met Gemma who keeps the gardens looking gorgeous and Amie who helps look after our couples pre-wedding day, now its time to take you front of house with…
Southend Blog
5th October 2021

Autumn Wedding Ideas

We love an autumnal wedding, with the golden hues of the gardens, the often-stunning amber haze at sun set and the excuse to create some lovely cosy ambience with hot…
Southend Blog
16th September 2021

RMW: A Day in the Life

We are delighted to have been featured on Rock My Wedding in their ‘a day in the life’ series with our fantastic Executive Chef and General Manager, Dan Clarke. Here…
Southend Blog
8th September 2021

Meet the Team: Amie

Wow - what a busy August of weddings and celebrations! It’s wonderful to see the barns buzzing with guests again and to be back doing what we love after a…
Southend Blog
23rd August 2021

Meet Mama Lou

We are so excited to launch a new project we’ve been working on… Mama Lou is our new Shepherd’s Hut, which we’ve been renovating for the last few months to…
Southend Blog
12th August 2021

Wedding Trends 2022!

We are thrilled that we have been featured in Hitched’s latest article with their predictions for wedding trends in 2022! Covering everything from Earthy Nature-Inspired Palettes, Drag Queen Balls and…
Southend Blog
19th July 2021

The Dancefloor is Back!

By Toast Live From 19th July , there will no longer be limits on the number of guests allowed at weddings in England, meaning a welcome return to big traditional…
Southend Blog
18th July 2021

Boho Styled Shoot

We recently organised a beautiful boho styled shoot to showcase some of the stunning ways couples can embrace a smaller wedding. Using our Collecting Yard - which is ideal for…
Southend Blog
16th July 2021

Wedding cakes to wow!

The wedding cake is always one of our favourite features of your big day and as with every part of your wedding, there are lots of different options for you…
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14th July 2021

Meet the Team… our Talented Gardener, Gemma!

We have been very busy behind the scenes here at Southend Barns to ensure that everything is in tip top shape for all our couples this summer. Whether weddings are…
Southend Blog
11th July 2021


Our first wedding of 2021 was undoubtedly a special one. The day after lockdown, Samantha and Matt had a beautiful and intimate ceremony here at Southend Barns and we were…
Southend Blog
1st July 2021

One Week Before Your Big Day?

One week before your big day? Welcome to the final countdown! We’re sure excitement levels are in overdrive right now as you make final preparations for your long-awaited wedding. To…
Southend Blog
16th June 2021

Bridal Suite Refresh

We are excited to reveal our new-look bridal suite, which has been decorated throughout with a fresh, neutral colour palette and stylish decor in keeping with the contemporary feel and…
Southend Blog
18th May 2021

World Cocktail Day

To celebrate World Cocktail Day we shared one of our favourite signature cocktails, the much-loved Mojito using our Executive Chef, Dan Clarke’s special recipe: 50ml Havana 3 year old rum…
Southend Blog
12th May 2021

May Menu Tastings

We had a fabulous time on Saturday at our first menu tasting event of the year. It was wonderful to see lots of our couples and serve up delicious food…
Southend Blog
10th May 2021

Open Day – Saturday 15 May

Are you planning your wedding and still searching for the perfect venue? Come and join us on Saturday 15th May from 10am - 4pm for an Open Day where you…
Southend Blog
30th April 2021

Drinks to Dazzle

We believe that drinks, like your venue and food are all part of the overall wedding day experience which culminate in creating lifelong memories. So, over the last few months…
Southend Blog
21st April 2021

A Feast to Remember

For many, food isn’t just about sating the appetite, it is a strong connection to family, heritage and even has important religious connections. From Grandma’s chocolate cake that takes you…
Southend Blog
14th April 2021

Our First Wedding of 2021!

We were so excited to reopen our doors again on Monday 12 April and be back doing what we love! We will never forget our first wedding of 2021 after…
Southend Blog
10th April 2021

We’re Back!

It has now been a week since we flung open our doors for our first weddings of 2021, and the excitement here was palpable. As a family run venue with…
Southend Blog
22nd February 2021

Q&A: A Last Minute Change of Date

We will never forget 24th December 2020, the day we helped rearrange a whole wedding in under 24 hours! After a virtual viewing with us during the first lockdown, Michelle…
Southend Blog
19th February 2021

Our New Styling Selections

With something to suit every couple, our new styling selections come in a range of inspiring themes and cover all the essentials you need for your big day. From our…
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14th January 2021

Allenby Limousines

Stunning cars for your special day. Allenby Limousines have been transporting wedding passengers for nearly 14 years. We (Barry and Lynne Allenby) started the business in 2006 with one vehicle,…
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14th January 2021

Roots Catering

Part of the Southend Barns family, our team of talented chefs combine the best ingredients with flair and experience to create the most delicious dishes. We believe that the finest…
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12th January 2021

The Floral Artisan

Working from her rural workshop in Chichester in West Sussex, Lucy uses the exquisite surrounding countryside to inspire all of her natural and whimsical floral designs, ensuring that each wedding…
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12th January 2021

Jessica Lily Photography

Photographing weddings with a candid, storytelling approach. I want to provide you with a collection of images with feeling, that document your day from the start, all the way to…
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12th January 2021

Aurum Designer Jewellers

Aurum is a jewellery design business based in Worthing, producing bespoke handmade jewellery in platinum and gold. Established in 1985, we have worked with thousands of couples to create unique…
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12th January 2021

To Have and To Hire Events

To Have and To Hire Weddings & Events are multi award-winning venue stylists offering a stunning collection of decorations and props for hire for your wedding. Voted and Judged as…
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12th January 2021

Polkadot Hair and Makeup

Hello! I’m Charlotte, a bridal hair and makeup artist who loves creating romantic textured hair and radiant makeup that leaves you feeling beautiful and like the best version of yourself!…
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12th January 2021

D&T Video Services

We are a full time husband and wife team with many years experience in producing the perfect wedding film. Southend Barns is a beautiful location and we are with you…
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11th January 2021


I’m Nicci, an award winning documentary wedding photographer with a wealth of experience. I focus on the raw, genuine, less pose-y side of relationships capturing the reality and randomness, the…
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11th January 2021

Hana Venn Photography

Your wedding photos are never going to be as special as the memories of your big day, but they can definitely be close! I won’t take over your day or…
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11th January 2021


Toast exists to provide you with outstanding musical entertainment performed by passionate and talented artists who share a genuine love for what they do. We blend this with service that’s personal and always professional, ensuring your event (whatever the occasion) is…
Southend Barns logoFloristsSupplier
11th January 2021

Hedge Rose

Hedge Rose floral designs are handcrafted in the cathedral city of Chichester. Our breath-taking tailor-made wedding flowers are comprised of the freshest and most beautiful flowers. We will take the…
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11th January 2021

Wylie Weddings

My name’s Elysia Wylie and I've been in the wedding industry for nearly four years. I started off doing hair and beauty, which I now have over 10 years experience…
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11th January 2021

The Bridal Dream Team

Creating beautiful hair and makeup for the modern bride Hello we are Nadia (makeup) and Gavin (hair) and together we are The Bridal Dream Team. Our duo loves enhancing natural…
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11th January 2021

Queen Bees

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Queen Bees specialise in making French Macarons, an ultimate indulgence at your wedding. These delights can complement any colour scheme due to the bespoke…
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11th January 2021

Neil Collins Films

I’m a wedding filmmaker based in Brighton in the UK and I love filming weddings. I started out making music videos about 6 years ago and from there I progressed…
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11th January 2021

James White Photography

Hey! I like to think of myself as a creative and fun documentary wedding photographer. From the preparations at the start of the day until the dance floor is in…
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11th January 2021

Kelly Hearn Photography

With over two decades of experience my particular style, introducing humour with a love of natural moments and working with beautiful light is one of the reasons I won the…
Southend Blog
8th January 2021

Best of Britain

We feel so honoured and proud to have been named one of the Best of Britain Wedding Venues by Bridebook. Thank you to our wonderful couples for choosing us as…
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6th January 2021


Selstar Fireworks Ltd have been supplying displays to Southend Barns events since the beginning and have enjoyed forming a strong working relationship with the team members at the venue. Southend…
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6th January 2021


Astares is an independent, appointment only, men’s formal wear company based in Havant, Hampshire. The company was founded by Jez and Ruth. The couple dreamed of running a business that…
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6th January 2021

Virtual Wedding Fair

We might be in another lockdown but that doesn't mean you can't still plan your wedding and discover amazing suppliers and inspiration. From 17 January - 21 February we will be hosting…
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6th January 2021

My Photo Booth Experience

You have waited your entire life for this day, so we consider it a great privilege to help you remember every single moment; even the ones you missed. The old…
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5th January 2021

Mousetrap Dress Boutique

Mousetrap Dress Boutique is a luxurious bridal, prom and evening wear showroom, with the largest collection on the South Coast. Mousetrap are proud to premier stockists of the Morilee bridal…
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