Author: The Chronicle Editor

AMBASSADOR HOUSE GETS A FACELIFT

Here  we reveal plans showing a dramatic change to the face of the main gateway in to Thornton Heath. Locals face months of traffic chaos as the work to transform the area outside the station and Ambassador House gets underway but look at the results (pictures left). The public realm works part of the £2.7million regeneration of Thornton Heath have been many months in the planning with a series of consultations, public meetings and exhibitions with the public prior to the contractor Cuttle starting construction work. With the shop front improvements completed now the major works have seen the...

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THOUSANDS LOVE AMAZING LIGHT SHOW

Thornton Heath hosted a magical one off festival of light and performances which was visited by over 5,000 people in just five hours. The event which  is  the centre of Croydon Council’s 2019 bid to become the Borough of Culture saw Trumble Gardens transformed into an illuminated wonderland by Lumiere London with 5,300 people turning out to experience the occasion. The light installations transported from Leicester Square included dozens of a wild animal lanterns  including a giant hare, squirrel, rabbit, otters, badgers, hedgehogs, a mouse and frogs. They featured alongside brightly coloured giant flowers, and reeds. The centre pieces were  puppeteer operated giant...

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THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT THAT KEEPS GIVING

Four years ago violinist Jo Watts,  wanted to do something amazing for her 40th birthday and like most of us her first thought was a trip to  Las Vegas. Instead, however, Jo (pictured above) went looking for a more selfless experience which would combine her  love of music and art with helping children somewhere in the world. Through a friend she found a charity called Their Lives Matter, based in Tanzania, which is transforming the lives of some of the country’s poorest children, stricken with cancer. Leaving her partner, Chris Fish, behind in Thornton Heath looking after their  two...

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THE SIDE MAN TAKING CENTRE STAGE

For many years Marcus Cliffe has been a side man and session musician with some of the biggest  names in rock and pop, writes Chetna Kapacee. Now Marcus who has worked with Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, as well as playing on mixes for Tina Turner, Sting and Mariah Carey is about to embark on his first solo project. Marcus  has been a member of The Manfreds, the reformed legendary 60’s group Manfred Mann since the late 90s and will be going on a major national tour with them later this year. Before hitting the road he is...

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SEEING DOUBLE THE PORTIONS!

You may recognise culinary twins Kareema and Kaleema Shakur-Muhammad from the last CR7 market. The 26-year-old identical twins who are both professionally trained chefs were serving up their tasty Vegan dishes including: homemade cake which were a great hit with foodies at the Christmas market. Twinzcupcakes Kitchen aka Kareema and Kaleema qualified as chefs in 2010 after completing a diploma course and now mostly work in central London kitchens. Their real ambition though is to open a vegan cafe in Croydon which they are saving up to do by working in the week and trading at markets like Brixton...

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