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Former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists The Jive Aces entertain Romford shoppers

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 02 July 2018

Britain's Got Talent stars, and the nation’s Number One Jive and Swing band, The Jive Aces, entertained shoppers in Romford on Friday, June 29. Photo: Grazia Clarkson

Britain's Got Talent stars, and the nation’s Number One Jive and Swing band, The Jive Aces, entertained shoppers in Romford on Friday, June 29. Photo: Grazia Clarkson

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A popular jive and swing band who were semi-finalists on Britain’s Got Talent entertained Romford shoppers as part of their anti-drugs campaign.

Having recently celebrated 21 years together in the same line-up, The Jive Aces performed in market Place on one of the hottest afternoons of the year.

The band, comprised of lead singer Ian Clarkson, double bass player Ken Smith, saxophonist John Fordham, trombonist Alex Douglas, pianist Vince Hurley and drummer Peter Howell – who are renowned for their colourful yellow suits – first met as teenagers in East London.

Lead singer, Ian Clarkson said: “People look up to musicians and see them taking drugs and think that they then have to use them to be a great artist.

“What they don’t realise is that without drugs they would be a lot happier, play a lot better and live a lot longer.”

Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Life, is a youth drug education and prevention campaign sponsored by the Church of Scientology.

The six-piece band has supported the Say No to Drugs, Say Yes To Life campaign for many years, performing concerts all over the world to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and the solutions to drug problems.

The group were winners of BBC TV’s Opportunity Knocks, and competed in Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.

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