Talent students impress packed audience at talent show organised by Hartlepool branch of NSPCC

Danielle Parker and MTA juniors, who were joint under 18 winners
Danielle Parker and MTA juniors, who were joint under 18 winners

SCORES of talented students impressed a packed audience while raising money for disadvantaged children.

The Hartlepool and District branch committee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) held a talent show at the town’s Borough Hall.

Participants’ entry fees raised an impressive £975.92 for the NSPCC.

There were three categories, under 9s, under 13s and under 18s.

The under 9s winner was Victoria Bell, who represented West Park Primary School while singing Quiet from the musical Matilda.

Winner of the under 13s category was Jacob Sotheran-Darley, from St Helen’s Primary School, who sang and played the guitar.

The under 18s joint winners were Danielle Parker, representing Miss Toni’s Academy of Singing and Performing Arts (MTA), as well as other members of MTA who performed a Glee medley.

The winners will represent the town in a grand final which will be held at Alnwick Castle in July,

Committee chairman Julia Patterson said: “It was a great success and the hall was full of proud parents.

“We had young people singing, playing the piano, guitar-playing, doing gymnastics and two choirs.

“It was the first time we had hosted the event and it was excellent.”

Judges on the day were Wendy Bates, NSPCC head of fundraising for the region, Mark Bradley, a town volunteer who is taking on the gruelling Marathon des Sables, the equivalent of five-and-a-half marathons in five or six days, and Mark’s nine-year-old son, Alfie, a Throston Primary School pupil.