Music to his great grandmother’s ears

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MUSICAL youngster Jacob Darley has certainly hit the right note with his great grandmother Elsie Kennedy.

The 79-year-old could not be prouder of the ten-year-old after describing how he’s become a real talent on the guitar at the tender age of ten.

She described one occasion recently when Jacob stole the show at the Borough Hall, within a week of battling tonsilitis.

Elsie said: “He was so small on the big stage and I was a bag of nerves. A week before, he was ill and I did not think he would be well enough to sing. How wrong I was.”

But Elsie said her young relative has regularly proved his prowess on the guitar.

“I have heard he entertains his school friends. Music is his hobby and he will sing at any charity venue to help good causes.

“I am so proud to call him by great grandson.”

Jacob, of Burke Place, on the Headland, Hartlepool, has already penned three original songs and has appeared at numerous festivals and concerts where he has caught the eye of local music promoters.

Just before Christmas he rubbed shoulders with several established bands and musicians at least twice his age at Hartlepool’s Hillcarter Hotel.

Last year Jacob played at the Willowman Festival in North Yorkshire, Solfest in Cumbria for the second year running in the open-mic tent, and at Red Dreams’ Bandstand Marathon in Ward Jackson Park for the culmination of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Jacob, who was a finalist in last year’s Mail-backed Pride of Hartlepool Awards, is now in the running for an award again after being nominated by Elsie.

This year there are 10 categories in which you can nominate the unsung heroes in the town.

Whether you know a fantastic fundraiser or a community stalwart, we want to hear all about those who deserve praise and have done something special.

Simply fill in the form on this page and send it to us or enter online or on tablet by following the links.

Details of how to get them to us are on the nomination form. The deadline for entries is February 27.

Anyone wanting further information about the Pride of Hartlepool Awards should contact the Mail’s deputy editor, Gavin Foster, on (01429) 239372 or email