Sophie’s on song for award

Sophie Stokle.
Sophie Stokle.

PROUD mum Paula Coomer is singing the praises of her talented daughter Sophie Stokle.

Paula believes 16-year-old Sophie is hitting all of the right notes in her bid to become a star.

The 48-year-old doting mum, who lives with Sophie in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, has put her daughter forward for a Pride of Hartlepool Award for her sheer determination and dedication.

Sophie, who first sang to a live audience at the sprawling MetroCentre shopping complex at the age of just seven, is due to audition for X-Factor 2012 and is hopeful of progressing on the TV show.

Paula said: “Her dream is to be a successful singer and she puts 100 per cent into everything she does to achieve that.

“Singing means the world to her and everyone is unbelievably proud of her.

“She has been blessed with an amazing voice and there’s never a day goes by when she’s not singing.

“Her dream is to be successful and she is so determined to make it happen.”

The Hartlepool Mail Pride of Hartlepool Awards honour those exceptional people who make the town the place it is.

There are 12 categories that cover every aspect of life including the work of volunteers, community groups and professionals in the emergency services, businesses and various organisations in the town.

Friends, family, workmates, neighbours and groups can put forward the people they know have made a difference.

We would urge you to start getting your nominations in now so that we can find those special people who truly are Proud to be a Poolie.

You can download a nomination from from

Forms are also available from Mail reception in Wesley Square, Hartlepool, the information kiosk inside Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and the main reception areas at Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Details of how to get them to us are on the nomination form. The deadline for entries is Monday, February 13.

The awards will be presented at an evening ceremony at Hartlepool College of Further Education on Thursday March 22.

Anyone wanting further information about the Pride of Hartlepool Awards should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or email