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Paul McCartney stages surprise gig in Covent Garden

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Sir Paul at the surprise gig Credit: Reuters

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of tracks from the back of a truck. He played songs from his new album in the 20 minute set including his current single New and tracks Queenie Eyes and Save Us.

Workmen at the Piazza dance on some scaffolding as they are treated to the surpise concert

Thousands of people gathered in the piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.


One shop arrives on the high street as another departs

Another chain store has collapsed, adding to the toll of high street casualties due in large part to the surge in online shopping.

The fashion company Republic has gone into administration, putting 2,500 jobs at risk. It follows the likes of HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops, who've had to call in administrators over the past few months.

But one businesswoman is reversing that trend by taking her online store onto the high street.

Julie Deane set up the Cambridge Satchel Company four years ago with just £600.

Now it has an annual turnover of £12 million and she's opening her first shop in Covent Garden.

But is she worried about doing that just when the High Street appears to be fighting for survival?

Rags Martel has been finding out.


From online to bricks and mortar: a vote of confidence in the high street?

A business woman is bucking a retail trend and taking her online company onto the high street.

Julie Deane set up the Cambridge Satchel Company four years ago with a £600 loan. Now it has a turnover of £12m and an impressive celebrity client list, and Julie has decided to invest in bricks and mortar, by opening a shop in Covent Garden.

The Covent Garden store is Julie's first physical shop. Credit: ITN
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