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Canterbury Cathedral's first all-girls' choir prepare for Christmas concert

A unique event will take place at Canterbury Cathedral in December, when its first ever all-girls' choir perform their first public Christmas concert.

The choir, called Dancing Day, was formed in January this year and is made up of 16 mainly local girls aged between 12 and 18 years old.

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Their first performance attracted over 600 people, and they are now busy rehearsing for their Christmas debut.

Dancing Day is the first all-girls' choir to be assembled under the name of the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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They also performed at the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests this year.

The concert will take place on 5th December in the cathedral's Nave.

Kent shoppers hunt for Black Friday bargains

Pictures from Bluewater in Kent show eager bargain hunters taking to the shops to take advantage of the US-inspired Black Friday sales before Christmas.

A family carries away a discounted 48" television from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
A shopper carries away a discounted sound station from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
Topshop employees rally after a pep talk as they prepare to open the store to shoppers at Bluewater Credit: © Bluewater

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Pub landlord: Ed Sheeran's performance was amazing

Pub landlord Dan Friend, who enjoyed a private performance of Thinking Out Loud, when Ed Sheeran popped into his pub for a drink, said the singer was amazing.

He released the video this week, of the star's spontaneous performance at the Surrey Cricketers in Windlesham.

It was filmed on the night Ed finished recording the song, which is now battling for number one in the charts.

Mr Friend said: "The studio is around the corner and he'd just finished recording the album he just released, so he came in for the evening to celebrate and he had a couple of drinks."

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Ed Sheeran performs at local pub in Windlesham

Video footage of Ed Sheeran singing to locals at a pub in Surrey has emerged, after a spontaneous performance in Windlesham earlier this year.

The 54 -second clip, filmed by the Landlord of The Surrey Cricketers, shows Sheeran leaning on the bar and singing Thinking Out Loud on the night he finished recording it.

The star, who is a graduate of the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, even got behind the bar and poured himself a pint.

The YouTube video has had more than 166,000 hits and it was posted on the pub's Facebook page.

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