THE HEADLINE could simply be that Russell Brand never forgets a friend. The friend on this occasion was former school-mate, Sammy Crooks.
Sammy and members of his family have been closely linked with Thurrock Mind for years. When Thurrock Mind decided to open a shop in Clarence Road, Grays, Sammy rang his old Grays school friend as asked Russell that if he was passing by, would he mind doing the honours.
Hollywood star, Russell duly said yes and strolled into Grays shopping centre to warmly welcome his old friend, staff and the general public as he cut the ribbon to the new shop.
Our seven minute film shows Russell meeting and greeting as well as making a warm and deeply felt speech about the importance of organisations such as Thurrock Mind.