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Stormzy takes to the stage at his Merky Foundation’s first Christmas party

The event featured music, workshops and games.

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Stormzy on stage during A Very Merky Christmas (Aaron Chown/PA)

Stormzy on stage during A Very Merky Christmas (Aaron Chown/PA)

Stormzy on stage during A Very Merky Christmas (Aaron Chown/PA)

Rapper AJ Tracey and former footballer Ian Wright were among the attendees at the first Christmas party held by Stormzy’s charity, the Merky Foundation.

A Very Merky Christmas took place at Fairfield Halls in the musician’s hometown of Croydon, with free tickets given to people living in the south London borough.

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Stormzy on stage (Aaron Chown/PA)

Stormzy on stage (Aaron Chown/PA)

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Stormzy on stage (Aaron Chown/PA)

Attendees were treated to games, workshops, a tombola and a performance from a choir.

Brit Award-winner Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, took to the stage clutching a microphone and wearing a festive Father Christmas hat.

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AJ Tracey (Aaron Chown/PA)

AJ Tracey (Aaron Chown/PA)

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AJ Tracey (Aaron Chown/PA)

Up and coming rapper ArrDee, from Brighton, was also among the crowd, while AJ Tracey and fellow rapper Wretch 32 both also featured.

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The Merky Books team are also donating 500 copies of their first children’s book, Superheroes: Inspiring Stories Of Secret Strength as part of the event.

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A choir performs for the audience in Croydon (Aaron Chown/PA)

A choir performs for the audience in Croydon (Aaron Chown/PA)

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A choir performs for the audience in Croydon (Aaron Chown/PA)

The comic strip-style book is a celebratory collection of modern-day heroes curated by Stormzy, including athlete Dina Asher-Smith, comedian Mo Gilligan, writer Candice Carty-Williams, Great British Bake Off star Liam Charles, and former footballer Wright.

Author and performance poet Sophia Thakur was due to perform and the book’s illustrator, young artist Denzell Dankwah, ran a drop-in drawing workshops for children throughout the day.


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