Stage is set for Wellingborough’s Got Talent

Wellingborough mayor Graham Lawman

Wellingborough mayor Graham Lawman

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Talented youngsters from Wellingborough will be taking to The Castle stage on Thursday night in the hope of winning time in a recording studio.

Tickets are still available for the first Wellingborough’s Got Talent, which will feature nine acts aged between 14 and 25 all competing to win audience votes in the hope of securing the top prize.

Acts include 15-year-old Amy Addison and 16-year-old Sam Stopps, who both sing and play guitar, teenage students Ana Sum, Lewis Starr, and Sophie and Megan O’Brien, who sing and dance, three-man band Kalashnicult, made up of 18 and 19-year-olds Dan, Charlie and Nick, and 25-year-old soul singer Anthony Miller.

Singers Danielle Morris, 14, Bradley Gascoyne, 15, and Laura Smith, 16, complete the line-up.

Three judges, including Dave Smith from Beck Studios, will give their comments after each act, and once everyone has had their moment in the spotlight it will be up to the audience to decide the winner.

The event is the idea of Wellingborough mayor Graham Lawman.

Cllr Lawman said: “I have seen so much talent as I’ve visited various groups and attended events throughout the past year.

“I wanted us to have a showcase for these youngsters and a chance for them to experience a big stage.

“Acts had to be between 14 and 30 and either live, work or go to school in the borough.

“We also limited it to musical acts.

“I’m delighted that we have a such a range of people taking part, and I’d really like to see the auditorium packed with people supporting and celebrating our local young people.”

Darren Walter, director at The Castle, said: “We were really pleased when the mayor approached us to host this event.

“We’ve got some very talented people taking part and it will be a fantastic experience for them all, as well as a great evening out for the audience.”

Tickets are £6 each or £20 for four and all profits will be donated to the mayor’s charity fund, which includes Help for Heroes and the local air ambulance service.

Seating in the auditorium will be arranged cabaret style so the audience will be seated at round tables, encouraging groups to go along and support the show.

Food and drink will also be available throughout the evening.

Wellingborough’s Got Talent is on Thursday, January 23, at The Castle, Wellingborough.

It runs from 7pm to 10pm and tickets are available on the door or in advance from The Castle on 01933 270007.