Chairman Judy hosts gala night of Bourne talent

Coun Judy Smith, with (from left) Matt Olver, compere Paul Fellows and Will Ward.  Photos (TIM WILSON): SG230217-300TW.
Coun Judy Smith, with (from left) Matt Olver, compere Paul Fellows and Will Ward. Photos (TIM WILSON): SG230217-300TW.
  • Young musical talent stars on Corn Exchange stage
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The best of Bourne music and culture gave the town a night to be proud of in honour of its first lady on Thursday.

Coun Judy Smith, who has served the people of Bourne for 17 years, was the host of a charity gala in her capacity as chairman of South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) at the town’s Corn Exchange.

Three youngsters from the 1st Bourne Scouts sell raffle tickets at the SKDC Chairman's Charity Gala.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-315TW.

Three youngsters from the 1st Bourne Scouts sell raffle tickets at the SKDC Chairman's Charity Gala. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-315TW.

Guests, including the Mayor of Bourne, Coun Wayne Pattison, and the chairman of South Holland District Council, Coun Michael Seymour, were entertained with music, dance and theatre.

The dancing came from Bourne-based Pharoah’s daughters who opened the gala with their interpretation of Middle Eastern Fusion Flamenco Dancing.

Actor Ian Gibbs, a member of Bourne Footlights amateur dramatics group, then gave a one-man virtuoso performance as the middle-aged man featured in Alan Bennett’s play ‘A Chip in the Sugar’.

The night ended with folk band Dean Hardy and Friends who performed traditional songs, including ‘I’ll Fly Away’.

It was a privilege to have been asked to perform in the Charity Gala because of the great causes it supported and I hope that everyone had a wonderful evening

Stanley Godfrey, pianist and Year 11 student, Bourne Grammar School

But it was younger acts who shone most as pop duo Will Ward and Matt Olver, both 18, pianist Stanley Godfrey and alto-soprano Emily Key wowed their audience, with retired teacher and singer Jack Dawson completing the line-up.

Stanley, a Year 11 student at Bourne Grammar School, said: “It was a privilege to have been asked to perform in the Charity Gala because of the great causes it supported and I hope that everyone had a wonderful evening.”

Emily, also in Year 11 at Bourne Grammar School, said: “Attending the gala at the Corn Exchange was a wonderful opportunity to support three charities and enjoy an evening that had a lovely atmosphere.

“It was even more exciting to be able to take part in it and I felt very lucky to have such a talented pianist as Stanley Godfrey supporting me, as well as performing another phenomenal piece himself.

Pharoahs Daughters perform their Middle Eastern Fusion Flamenco Dancing.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-311TW.

Pharoahs Daughters perform their Middle Eastern Fusion Flamenco Dancing. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-311TW.

“I am very grateful that Coun Judy Smith, and other ‘behind-the-scenes superstars’, gave me the chance to join in and supported me in doing so.”

The gala raised money for Coun Smith’s chosen charities, South Lincolnshire Blind Society, Parkinson’s UK and Scouts and Guides in South Kesteven.

After the event, Coun Smith said: “I thought it was a terrfic evening, there was a lovely atmosphere created by the audience and all the performers absolutely excelled themselves.

“To put on a show like this involved many people who generously gave of their time to support my charities of the year as SKDC chairman.

Ian Gibbs as the middle-aged bachelor from Alan Bennetts play 'A Chip in the Sugar.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-312TW.

Ian Gibbs as the middle-aged bachelor from Alan Bennetts play 'A Chip in the Sugar. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230217-312TW.

“The support everyone gave to a night where we profiled some of the many talented people in Bourne and the district was outstanding and in the way that true Bourne people support things like this.

Host Paul Fellows, also vice-chairman of Bourne Town Council, said: “Ian Gibbs gave us a phenomenal acting performance, but my own highlight was the quality of the young people who performed.

“Will and Matt were so talented, then we got Emily Key and Stanley Godfrey who, although they are both tutored, showed how phenomenal their musical skills were.

“Overall, the gala highlighted where Coun Judy Smith comes from and that even though she is Chairman of SKDC, Judy is Bourne through and through.”