Awards evening was the ‘best yet’

AN annual awards night recognising the young performing talent in Hartlepool was hailed as “the best yet”.

Dozens of talented youngsters looked the part and capped off an outstanding year at the Red Dreams end-of-year extravaganza.

Red Dreams members pictured performing on stage at the Corporation Club.

Red Dreams members pictured performing on stage at the Corporation Club.

Twenty-four awards were handed out to members of the town-based charity recognising their musical, acting and singing talent and potential.

Dawn McManus, 42, who founded Red Dreams following the tragic death of her 16-year-old son Kyle in 2007, said: “Our awards evening is getting bigger and better every year, this year’s was fantastic.

“It’s exciting to think about what we, and all our fantastic performers, are capable of achieving.”

Dawn, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool and runs the charity alongside her husband, Ian, 42, praised all of the performers who won and were nominated for the awards at the event at the Corporation Club, in Whitby Street.

Hotly tipped band Hand of Aces were inducted into the charity’s Hall of Fame after an impressive year while Nick Dixon won the Hall of Fame solo award.

Singer Gil Parker had an early Christmas gift when she was named as the breakthrough solo artist of the year while Broke the Stereo won the breakthrough band award.

And it wasn’t just the local acts who were involved as the nominees for some of the awards were read out on video by artists including Frank Turner and Scouting for Girls.

“It was just an absolutely fantastic night all round,” added Dawn.

“Months of planning had gone into it so to see everything run so smoothly was great, and a lot of credit must go to our brilliant volunteers for that.

“It was a complete sell out and we could have sold a lot more tickets so next year we are looking at possibly moving to a bigger venue.”

Dawn said the event was “the perfect way” to end an excellent year for the charity, which is based in Whitby Street South.

“We have moved premises, our Pitch Invasion festival was a huge success and we have recruited a lot more volunteers, it’s been an excellent year,” said Dawn.