A YOUNG girl band from Hartlepool is bidding for stardom after making it through to the regional finals of a national talent competition.
The Peppermints have successfully made it to the regional Britain Does Variety final after impressing a panel of judges in Leeds earlier this month.
The five-piece band are Chloe Cannell-Cass, 10, Ellen Gowland, Olivia Stanton, and Emily O’Connolly, all aged 11, and Kelsey Sadler, 12.
They are all students of The Northern School of Music, in Church Square, Hartlepool.
Vocal teacher Toni Parker-Harvey said: “The girls are doing really well at the moment and I am really proud of their efforts.
“I teach them all individually and they have rehearsals three times a week.”
The first round was held in Leeds earlier this month and the band will be heading back to Leeds for the regional final on Saturday, April 21, at the City Varieties Music Hall.
Each show will be hosted by television presenter Dave Payne, who has appeared on Channel Five, MTV, Living and Sky.
The competition is in the style of Britain’s Got Talent with contestants showcasing their talents in front of a panel of judges.
The national finals will be held in June at The Watford Palace Theatre in London.
The overall winner will secure a cash prize, the opportunity to sing at London’s O2 area and the chance to sing on cruise lines.