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Russell Brand visits Barking drug rehabilitation centre

PUBLISHED: 17:17 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:17 17 April 2014

Mayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand on stage with the band

Mayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand on stage with the band

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Russell Brand visited a drug rehabilitation centre today to listen to a band formed from recovering addicts, volunteers and staff.

Mayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand at the eventMayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand at the event

The comedian chatted with members of KCA’s Horizon Day Programme in Linton Road, Barking, including musicians from KCA and the Sunshine Band, and also met the borough’s Mayor, Cllr Hardial Singh Rai.

The band played a variety of covers, including Stand By Me and Sweet Home Alabama, in front of the invited audience.

Team leader Jo Moloney said Brand’s visit was inspirational for everyone involved.

“Russell is interested in recovery as he is obviously in recovery himself so when he met one of our members of staff by chance and they told him about the band he said he would like to come down,” she said. “It was an amazing day and Russell was fantastic.”

Mayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand at the eventMayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand at the event

The band’s performance celebrated the fact that the facility has been granted funding for another three years.

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