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Jazz for Toddlers, New Orleans swing and more to illuminate streets of Kingston this weekend

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Christmas lights aren’t the only thing lighting up Kingston this weekend. A pioneering tuba player will be playing to toddlers, South African acapella singers will be performing live in John Lewis, and New Orleans swing will be illuminating the High Street, among many other performances, as part of ‘The Streets’ programme, funded by Arts Council England, celebrating London’s diverse high streets with dynamic, musical encounters.

Developed in collaboration with acclaimed music performer, Serious, and supported by Kingston Council and KingstonFirst, ‘The Streets’ takes place as part of the London Jazz Festival, with pop-up performances, singing sessions, and family focussed activities for free on your doorstep.

This Friday (20th November), watch out for Smitty’s Big Four, bringing the upbeat swing of New Orleans to unexpected locations around Kingston. At 11am, Oren Marshall, pioneering acoustic tuba player will be conducting a ‘Jazz for Toddlers‘ workshop at Kingston Library, and later at 2pmin the Caterpillar Cafe within the Bentall Centre. Local band, Eddy Smith and the 507, will be performing live at the Riverside Edge Pocket Kitchens from 7pm for a family-friendly hour of pop, soul and funk classics. They will be accompanying American singer-songwriter, Alan Hampton, to create an unmissable evening of pop-up live music.

On Saturday, don’t miss the stunning acapella sensation, The Soil, all the way from South Africa to perform in John Lewis and the Bentall Centre. Take part in the Serious Sing vocal workshop at the United Reformed Church at 10:30, led by the amazing Ranjana Ghatak, a specialist in blending sacred Indian vocals with the improvised rhythms of contemporary music. A highlight of the Jazz Festival, this is your opportunity to explore jazz in an informal workshop with a top vocalist.

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B&Q to reveal new look store with family fun day

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B&Q will soon open the doors to its newly revamped home improvement store in New Malden. To celebrate, B&Q New Malden will host a day of family fun on Saturday 14th January, including a special guest appearance from local rugby legend Nick Easter, who played No. 8 for Harlequins and England in international rugby union.

At the launch event the local sports star, known fondly by fans as “Minty”, will be testing out his DIY skills against B&Q New Malden’s store team. Customers will get the chance to see the sporting star getting mucky off the pitch for a change as store staff challenge him try his hand at potting plants in the garden centre, tussle with wallpaper and cause a ruckus with a paintbrush. He will also be on hand to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans. Plus, there will also be plenty to keep the family entertained throughout the day, including a balloon modeller, face painter, stilt walkers and a craft station.

B&Q New Malden has been completely revamped to offer customers a variety of new products and features, including a new paint desk, a new kitchens and bathrooms display, more visual ranges of flooring and tiles, and a new café with windows overlooking the A3 and Burlington Road.

Lee Bayliss, Unit Manager at B&Q New Malden, said: “We’re all looking forward to welcoming customers to our newly revamped store. We’re ready to show off our new look to New Malden’s residents and inspire them to start a new home improvement project under the guidance of our expert advice. We’re all really looking forward to Saturday’s family fun day and, of course, testing Nick with our DIY challenges!”

Nick Easter added: “I’m really looking forward to helping celebrate the launch of the newly revamped B&Q New Malden store. I’m not sure that my DIY skills can beat the in store experts but it will be great to get some advice from them to make my own home improvement projects easier.”

The B&Q family fun day will take place on Saturday, 14th January from 10am to 3pm, with Nick Easter in store from 10:30 -12:30pm, at B&Q New Malden, Shannon Commercial Centre, Beverley Way, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4PT.

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