Cup final performance for town girls

Left to right, Katie Gofton, a fellow stage school member, Phoebe Hartshorne and Stephanie Roberts
Left to right, Katie Gofton, a fellow stage school member, Phoebe Hartshorne and Stephanie Roberts
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THREE talented town teenagers performed in front of 90,000 plus fans at Wembley Stadium as they danced as part of the FA cup final pre-match entertainment.

Phoebe Hartshorne, Katie Gofton, both 17, and Stephanie Roberts, 18, all from Hartlepool, got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk out on to the Wembley turf on FA cup final day.

The girls all left school last year and were offered prestigious scholarships at Tiffany’s Stage School based in Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex.

That led to a contact with leading London-based dance agency Mass Movement, which was choreographing the entertainment ahead of the match between Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday.

And despite years of performances, dancing in front of 90,000 people was a completely new experience for former St Hild’s C of E School students Phoebe and Katie, and Stephanie, who studied at High Tunstall College of Science, in the town.

Phoebe’s dad, Phil, 50, was watching television coverage from home keen to catch of glimpse of his daughter and her friends on the pitch.

Phil, a dad-of-four who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool with wife Margaret, 51, said: “It was a brilliant experience for them, they are still buzzing now.

“They had practiced at the stadium beforehand, but I think the nerves kicked in when they realised they would be performing in front of 90,000 people and another 100 million worldwide who were watching on the television.

“To be fair they have been performing for a long time so they know how to handle it but I think the sheer atmosphere was enough to get the butterflies going.

“It’s fantastic for them to look back on.”