Could this Hartlepool girl band be the next Little Mix?

Hartlepool girl band Sparkle have been nominated for a Best of Hartlepool Award.
Hartlepool girl band Sparkle have been nominated for a Best of Hartlepool Award.

A Hartlepool girl band who have amazed crowds with their powerful performances have been put forward for an award in recognition of their talents.

‘Sparkle,’ made up of teenagers Holly Bentham, Campbell Daniels, Lottie Willis and Lily Gowland, has been making a name for themselves over the last few years as the girls they perform at gigs in the town and further afield.

Now the singers, who are aged 13 and 14, have been nominated for a Young Performer of the Year Award in the Best of Hartlepool Awards by their proud teacher Toni Parker-Harvey, who runs Miss Toni’s Academy of Singing and Performing Arts.

This year’s awards have also been sponsored by Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Hart Biologicals and Utility Alliance, along with Stagecoach North East and Specsavers.

Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and Hartlepool United have also come on board as sponsors.

She said: “The girls have been a band for nearly four years now and despite their age they have a great deal of performance experience under their belts.

“As well as supporting Sam Lavery at Flamingo Land’s massive event ‘Party in the Park’ which was in front of thousands of people, they have performed with the huge legends, the Original Wailers (Bob Marleys Band) and have been invited to do backing vocals on their next album.

“They have supported 5 After Midnight who appeared on the X-Factor and Scouting for Girls this year too.”

On top of that the dedicated group has also performed at key events across the region such as the Stockton firework display and Christmas light switch on, as well as charity events and festivals around the country.

They were also involved in recording a charity single to raise money for the victims of the Manchester bombings this year.

Toni added: “The girls have been dubbed the North East’s answer to Little Mix and have a great following already.

“They are used to performing in front of large crowds and are great are interacting with audiences.

“They are truly an inspiration to lots of young children - not only in Hartlepool, but around the North East.

“I really do feel that they truly deserve the recognition and hard work and utter dedication that they have put in for the past four years. 
“They represent Hartlepool to the highest standard everywhere they go and are very passionate about putting Hartlepool on the map.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work to get where they are today and for girls their age it’s amazing how much they have achieved.”

Now we are calling on you to nominate individuals who deserve a Best of Hartlepool Award and for the first time this year there is a special category for talented youngsters called the Young Performer of the Year.

Those nominated in that category will get to compete in their own big event in front of a live audience on October 30 at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

The top three from the evening of great entertainment will go on to compete at the grand finale of the overall awards.

After the young performers’ night, the judges will meet to draw up a shortlist for all the categories in early November.

And then comes the grand final, which will be held at Hardwick Hall on Tuesday, November 21.

To nominate someone for an award, please send your entries by post to Lynn Wild, Hartlepool Mail, Alexander House, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA. Alternatively email:

The deadline for all entries is Monday, October 23.

For more information on the group visit:


l Young Performer of the Year (under 21)

l Green Champion

l Student of the Year

l Fundraiser of the Year

l Volunteer of the Year

l Sporting Excellence

l Community Group

l Community Champion

l Child of Courage

l Child of Achievement

l Emergency Services Award

l Carer of the Year

l Neighbour of the Year

l Sports Team of the Year

l Role Model of the Year

l Lifetime Achievement Award