Centre of attention

Mathew Todd (centre) with Dillon Harker and Shakira Moore
Mathew Todd (centre) with Dillon Harker and Shakira Moore

YOUNGSTERS who attend a prize-winning community youth project shone during the group’s first talent contest.

Young people who go along to the Board Games for Board Kids project, based at the Centre Field Pavilion in Horden, showcased their skills during the competition.

The winner was Mathew Todd and the joint runners-up were Shakira Moore and Dillon Harker.

Mathew impressed with his singing, Shakira did a disco-dancing performance and Dillon showed off his break-dancing skills.

Councillor Dennis Maddison, who represents Horden on Durham County Council, is heavily involved in the project, which has broken down barriers between the generations and cut anti-social behaviour in the area.

Coun Maddison, who was a talent show judge alongside Christine Harker, who attends the youth sessions and Keith Gray from Horden Residents’ Association, said: “The kids have taken ownership of the project and the talent show was organised by the young people themselves.

“It shows the mutual respect and trust between the kids and adults.”

The children won certificates and sweets for their efforts and around 50 youngsters watched the show.

There are plans for the pavilion, which is run by David Robinson, to host another talent show for parents in two months.

The scheme was set up after residents attending a Police And Communities Together (PACT) asked for something to be organised to give youngsters something to do.

The youth sessions run on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm.