Kemps light Marylebone up for Christmas

Friday, 12th November

Kemps Marylebone Lights-7

MARTIN and Roman Kemp switched on the Christmas lights in Marylebone.

The Spandau Ballet bassist and Capital FM host, both regulars on Celebrity Gogglebox, were announced as “the nation’s favourite father and son duo”.

The popular annual event saw live music, shopping promotions, stalls, wreath-making, live illustration, musicians, Santa’s Grotto and fairground rides.

Organised and funded by The Howard de Walden Estate, it supported the Mind mental health charity.

There was a “luxury tombola” with more than 50 impressive gifts donated by Marylebone retailers.

Roman Kemp said: “I’ve seen just how positive the work that Mind does and what a vital support their services are to those who might be alone this Christmas or find this time of year difficult. I’m genuinely thrilled that the local branch of Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster have been chosen to benefit from the Marylebone Village Christmas lights switch-on and campaign this year.”

More than 60 shops and restaurants including RIXO, Mejuri, Ottolenghi, Dinny Hall and Paul Smith came together to offer exclusive one-off experiences on the evening.

And The Howard de Walden Estate chief executive Mark Kildea said: “Our Christmas light switch-on and shopping event ‘Merry Marylebone’ draws together the Marylebone Village community and customers for a day of exciting entertainment, festive experiences and more.”

Photos: David Parry/PA Wire

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