Pair join Clash against knives

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - News - Josh Leckie and Justin Burn­ley

TWO for­mer north Kens­ing­ton youth work­ers have teamed up with The Clash gui­tarist Mick Jones in a bid to use mu­sic to help keep young peo­ple away from knife crime.

Josh Leckie and Justin Burn­ley have been friends since their school days at Fox Pri­mary School, in Not­ting Hill, and were later youth work­ers at the rugby club run by the Rugby Por­to­bello Trust in Walmer Road.

They of­ten played foot­ball at the com­mu­nity foot­ball pitches near Gren­fell Tower, where Kens­ing­ton Aldridge Academy is now.

“We were there ev­ery day play­ing foot­ball,” said Josh.

These days you are more likely to find them shoot­ing mu­sic videos around Lad­broke Grove.

Their work in the youth club spurred them to make a sin­gle about knife crime – a prob­lem which they feel is brushed un­der the car­pet and is worse than the days when they were out play­ing foot­ball.

Re­cently, the pair, known as The Gold­borns, teamed up with rap­per Lowkey and Nathan Adams to record the sin­gle called Words of a Wound. Josh said: “If it stops one per­son get­ting stabbed it makes a dif­fer­ence.”

Justin said their style as a duo en­com­passes hip hop, ska and dub amongst oth­ers.

The Clash’s Mick Jones got to hear about their work through the Sex Pistols’ drum­mer Paul Cook af­ter a chance meet­ing in the pub and pro­duced their al­bum Don’t Look Away at his stu­dio in Ac­ton.

Justin said: “It was amaz­ing. We also liked The Clash early on. Work­ing with him was great.”

Josh stud­ied mu­sic tech­nol­ogy and has his own stu­dio at home and says he is a keen col­lec­tor of records and record­ing equip­ment from the 60s and 70s.

The pair worked at a youth club funded by the P3 char­ity.

Justin said: “It’s one of those jobs where you go home and feel that you have helped get peo­ple off the street and in­stead of get­ting into some­thing, they’re in the stu­dio with us.”

He said the youth club taught young peo­ple in North Kens­ing­ton skills such as cook­ing as well as mu­sic and sport.

“It was so im­por­tant for them to have a free gym to take out their anger in the gym or a rap,” he said.

Now he says too many teenagers stay in­doors at their com­put­ers or go out late.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sta­tis­tics last year, the num­ber of of­fences for pos­sess­ing of­fen­sive weapons in Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea was higher than the Lon­don av­er­age.

Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Coun­cil has brought par­ents to­gether to learn more about the risks of knife crime.

Ear­lier this year, 70 peo­ple at­tended the One Life, No Knife event where for­mer gang mem­bers talked to par­ents.

Experts from the coun­cil and po­lice’s joint Safer Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea Part­ner­ship and the Lo­cal Safe­guard­ing Chil­dren Board were also on hand.

The Gold­borns are play­ing a ben­e­fit gig at Ari­adne’s Bar in La­timer Road, North Kens­ing­ton, on Fri­day De­cem­ber 7, in aid of famine re­lief in Ye­men.

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