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Fundraiser for iconic West London restaurant after fire

Josef Friedmann Credit: Josef Friedmann

When the iconic West London restaurant the Tiroler Hut burnt down on Monday it's owner and regulars were heartbroken.

For more than fifty years it offered Austrian food and live music to diners on Westbourne Grove.

Today the local community rallied around its owner Josef Friedman on his 81st birthday.

Thousands of pounds have been raised through a crowdfunding page to secure the institution's future.

"It's told us, as a family, that people are really invested- not only in the memories they have of it, but also in it having a future. So that's been hugely important to us."

– Madeleine Spencer, Josef Friedman's daughter

Bowie bandstand festival celebrates 50th anniversary

Growth Summer Festival in Beckenham Credit: Twitter / @hebdeezi23

Fifty years ago David Bowie was an up and coming musician in Beckenham.

He and a few friends set up a festival in a local bandstand and today it's still going strong.

The Summer Growth Festival is taking place today at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground.

Money raised from ticket sales will go towards helping restore the bandstand, which has just been given Grade 2 listing status.

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