True grit is keeping Georgia on track

Georgia Lennon taking a break during a practice session

Georgia Lennon taking a break during a practice session

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TALENTED dancer and singer Georgia Lennon is proof that determination can pay dividends.

The 11-year-old from Hartlepool has tackled adversity and come back fighting.

Just look at this list of achievements for the Year 7 pupil at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College.

• She was picked as a gifted and talented student at the school.

• She successfully auditioned for a place in a choir which performs in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Its UK tour came to the Darlington Civic Theatre and York Opera House where Georgia performed on stage with Keith Jack, runner-up in the BBC’s Any Dream Will Do programme.

• Georgia was also successful when she auditioned for a new CBBC game show Horrible Histories, Gory Games. She is expected to be in an episode to be screened this summer.

• Georgia has also just finished filming in a Second World War film for television in which she played the part of an evacuee in scenes shot in Stockton last month.

• The Seaton Carew youngster was named vocalist of the year at her music school and got a 25 per cent scholarship.

• She competed in the finals of the Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival and won the title of most promising musician.

• Reached the finals of the Hartlepool’s Got Talent competition.

• Got the highest marks for a song and dance set at the Hartlepool Stage Dance Festival last month.

Proud mum Nicola Lennon, 41, said her daughter’s success was proof of how pursuing your dreams can pay dividends.

“Around March last year Georgia had just won a part scholarship place at the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and we needed help in securing some additional funding for her to take up the place.

“Sadly we had no offers of assistance and we had to turn down the place. Georgia was very disappointed.”

But her success since can be a little bit of inspiration to others who may find themselves in a similar situation, said mum-of-one Nicola, a part-time administration worker at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court who is married to Mike, 46, a project manager for Johnson Matthey, in Billingham.

Georgia practises at The Northern School of Music in Hartlepool where Jessica Robinson, who took part in the BBC’s Over the Rainbow programme, was also a student.

Nicola said: “Georgia would love to follow in her footsteps.

“It is so hard for children from the North- East to be part of the performing world but with persistence and determination she has shown that there are opportunities.”