Video: Russell Brand mobbed as he opens Essex charity shop

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FUNNYMAN Russell Brand was mobbed by fans as he opened a new charity shop.

The stand-up comedian and actor swapped the Hollywood red carpet for Hathaway Road, in Grays, to open the Thurrock Mind shop, which supports a mental health charity.

He was invited to open the shop by his mate’s mum, who worked for the charity.

Brand, 38, spent an hour meeting and having photos with fans before giving a short speech about mental health, Grays and even the Echo.

He said: “I’ve loved being back in Grays. It’s a bit mental, they’ve replaced the McDonald’s with a betting shop and it seems like it’s more racially integrated now. That’s good. I just hope that people are happy here.”

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Speaking about his recent sold-out stand-up shows at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff, he said: “They were really good, I loved it. I was reading through the Echo. I love all that.”

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He then revealed how he had appeared in the Echo’s sister paper, the Thurrock Gazette.

He said: “The Thurrock Gazette was the first time I was ever in a newspaper, jumping for joy. They were always trying to get you to jump in their photographs.”

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Brand, who grew up in Grays, was dressed in his trademark drainpipe jeans, a grey T-shirt and blazer, and had a West Ham scarf around his neck.

He met with Thurrock Mind service users, staff and trustees before venturing outside the shop to meet with fans who had been waiting patiently to catch a glimpse of their hero.

En-route to the town, Brand tweeted: “On my way to my home town Grays to see my best mate to open a Mind shop.”

While in the store, Brand was handed a £3.99 pair of skinny jeans by store manager Sheila Priest and offered to donate some of his own items.

He said: “I’m very glad to be involved with Mind because my mate Sam’s mum, who asked me to come here, worked for Mind while I was growing up, so I was aware of it and was a little kid and just thought it was to do with nutters.

“There is a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness and I’ve gone on to suffer from mental illness myself, so now I know it’s just a normal thing that happens to normal people.”

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10:40am Wed 23 Oct 13

Clifford Close says...

good lad
good lad Clifford Close
  • Score: 5

2:22pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Blacksilk says...

Russell good to see you back on home turf.. Great profile for MIND and positive comments community cohesion - much appreciated.
Russell good to see you back on home turf.. Great profile for MIND and positive comments community cohesion - much appreciated. Blacksilk
  • Score: 6

3:09pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Ironman says...

Why does anybody have anything to do with this vile egomaniac?
Why does anybody have anything to do with this vile egomaniac? Ironman
  • Score: -1

3:32pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Phil McCrakin says...

Funny Man !!! since when ? He is about as funny as piles ( and less attractive )
Funny Man !!! since when ? He is about as funny as piles ( and less attractive ) Phil McCrakin
  • Score: 0

7:31pm Wed 23 Oct 13

Audioman says...

Who is he ??
Just a long haired G=====t he wants to get get anew pair of
jeans scruffy bag of s=====t
Who is he ?? Just a long haired G=====t he wants to get get anew pair of jeans scruffy bag of s=====t Audioman
  • Score: -3

7:34pm Wed 23 Oct 13

pussycats says...

Well done Russell. You are one intelligent, lovely guy, who has gone through more than some of us will ever do. Much admiration and look forward to seeing you at The Cliffs. x
Well done Russell. You are one intelligent, lovely guy, who has gone through more than some of us will ever do. Much admiration and look forward to seeing you at The Cliffs. x pussycats
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Kim Gandy says...

He said: “I’ve loved being back in Grays. It’s a bit mental, they’ve replaced the McDonald’s with a betting shop and it seems like it’s more racially integrated now. That’s good. I just hope that people are happy here.”

Typical leftie hypocrite... lefties are always lecturing us on the use of offensive words and he uses one like "mental" - and he is opening the MIND shop. Then he bangs on about "racially integrated".

Why do lefties ALWAYS have to bang on about race even when it's not relevant?

And yes I agree with the poster above, about as funny as piles.
He said: “I’ve loved being back in Grays. It’s a bit mental, they’ve replaced the McDonald’s with a betting shop and it seems like it’s more racially integrated now. That’s good. I just hope that people are happy here.” Typical leftie hypocrite... lefties are always lecturing us on the use of offensive words and he uses one like "mental" - and he is opening the MIND shop. Then he bangs on about "racially integrated". Why do lefties ALWAYS have to bang on about race even when it's not relevant? And yes I agree with the poster above, about as funny as piles. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

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