A proud mum has told how her daughter has shone on the stage in a two-year stint of success.
Courtney Hadwin, 11, only really began performing a couple of years ago after taking singing lessons, said mum Annmarie.
But it paid dividends and Courtney now boasts a string of successes in competitions nationwide.
Her huge list of achievements include;
l Reaching the grand final of Teenstar UK;
l Getting to the grand final of the Open Mic UK contest;
l Winning the Red Dreams 1voice under-16s competition;
l Reaching the Bring It On UK Final;
l Getting through to the Beyond The Lights Finals;
l Performing at charity events across the North East;
l Reaching the finals of the Soundwaves music competition at 02 Academy Newcastle;
l Winning the Hartlepool Carnival Under-16 talent show;
l Singing at both the Hartlepool fireworks display and Christmas lights switch-on;
l A 1st and two 2nd places at the Hartlepool Music and Arts Festival.
Courtney did all that while she was gaining a distinction in her grade 3 musical theatre and grade 1 solo acting exams, and passing her SATs at school.
The Shotton Hall Academy pupil will be hoping for even more success after being nominated for this year’s Best of Hartlepool competition.
Annmarie, 29, said: “I am so proud of how she has done in the last two years. She comes in from school, does her homework and then she practises singing every night.”
Courtney, from Hesleden, always had a great voice, but it became even better after singing lessons two years ago, said Annmarie who is married to Paul, 30, and also has two other children Paul, nine, and Melissa, seven.
“It would be amazing if she did win, but it is more about recognising how well she is doing.
“She works really hard and never really goes out with her friends as she is always busy.”
Courtney joins a growing list of entries for this year’s competition. The Best of Hartlepool awards are being held in association with Niramax, and in which Specsavers, Stagecoach North East and Hart Biologicals are category sponsors. The deadline for entries is Saturday, April 2. Then judges will draw up a shortlist.
After that, it’s on to the grand finale at the Hardwick Hall Hotel on Tuesday, April 26.
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