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YOUNGSTERS from primary schools across Hartlepool showed off their talents in a competition which left a judging panel with some tough decisions to make.

The Northern Hartlepool Talent Show took place at Northern Lights Academy, in King Oswy Drive, on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

The first day of competition saw Key Stage One pupils, aged between four and seven, show off their skills then the following day it was the turn of Key Stage Two youngsters aged seven-11.

The event started earlier this year with auditions taking place in each of the competing schools - St Bega’s, St Helen’s, St John Vianney, Barnard Grove, Clavering and West View.

The best two performers from each of the schools were selected to compete, backed by a vociferous selection of their classmates at Northern Lights.

The judging panel was made up of members of town band The Jar Family, Mail editor Joy Yates and Aaron Staunch of local dance sensations Ruff Diamond.

Dancer Charlie West from Clavering took the crown on Tuesday with a super display of break dancing, while on Wednesday Jacob Sotheran from St Helen’s was the overall winner after singing his own song while playing the guitar.

Jodie Ellis, the Northern Schools facilitator who works at St Bega’s, said: “The event was a huge success, and everyone really enjoyed it.

“There were some really talented performances from the children and the judges said it was hard to pick a winner.

“Last year we did a similar competition but just for dancing, but next year we will do something similar.”

She added: “I’d like to thank all the judges for taking the time to come and watch the competition and I hope they enjoyed it as much as we all did.”




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