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Haverhill DJ to take centre stage on BBC's The One Show

The founder of an online disco sensation in Haverhill is to be featured on a prime time BBC One show watched each day by up to 5 million people.

DJ Andy Palazon and the Disco Kitchen Facebook group he started 21 weeks ago - in order to cheer people up during the coronavirus lockdown - will feature on The One Show at 7pm tomorrow.

It will be included in a once weekly segment of the programme called One Big Thank You.

Andy Palazon from Disco Kitchen. Contributed picture
Andy Palazon from Disco Kitchen. Contributed picture

The Disco Kitchen group is a private one and anyone wishing to join has to apply to do so online, but once in they can have the sessions streamed into their homes, while also raising money for the Joshua Tarrant Trust.

Having raised more than £45,000 for the Haverhill-based charity since starting the live-streaming music sets – which have seen sessions played by numerous contributors – Andy was nominated to appear on the show by The Joshua Tarrant Trust and Andy Harling.

Andy was streaming a set last Saturday from a friend’s mobile home on the Hopton Holiday Village in Norfolk, where he was staying with his wife Karen and their children.

The One Show presenter Alex Jones. BBC Photographer
The One Show presenter Alex Jones. BBC Photographer

Unknown to him, a visit by the One Show had been organised.

A message appeared on his laptop as he was doing the set saying ‘this is the One Show, go outside’, and having done so he was met by a red carpet with a camera crew and a big screen showing the presenter of the One Show and a montage of thank you messages from Disco Kitchen members, plus singer Craig David and DJ Trevor Nelson.

Andy said: “It was brilliant. it was really lovely.

“I find it all very embarrassing to be honest. I wish it wasn’t about me but someone has to be in charge and it happens to be me.

“The main thing is the Joshua Tarrant Trust is going to get their profile raised again.”