Journal chief reporter Marie Baker was one of five judges marking young performers at the Rotary Club of Grantham’s Young Entertainer Grand Final.
WHAT amazing young people we have here in Grantham.
The talented young performers that stepped out on that Guildhall stage on Friday night were nothing short of fabulous.
First up was guitarist Matthew Walton, followed by Pick ‘n’ Mix duo Samantha Hardy and Amy Barr. Next up was Corrina Ricardo with a bit of musical theatre, followed by Alan Jones and Leia Dykes. Last up before the interval was pop group Lucky Charms made up of Robyn Spavins, Jacqueline Taylor, Emily Spencer and Tegan Alexander.
In the second half street dancer Rachel Bromley was followed by singing duo The Flames, made up of Anita Harvey and Ellisse Crowther.
Well-known singer Maddie Rowland was next, accompanied by guitarist Juston Hedworth, and finally there was singer Jessica Bacon.
I felt priveleged to be asked to judge the competition - and boy was it tough to decide on the winners.
After some debate, and while the audience were watching what I’m told was a “wonderful” showcase by Grantham School of Dance, Terry Carey, Ali James, Irvin Metcalf, Mayor Mike Taylor and I picked our winner - Jessica Bacon.
The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s head girl wowed us all with her rendition of Let the Sun Shine on Your Face’. Not only did she sing beautifully, she also made her piece into a little production, whipping off a dressing gown to reveal a sparkly pink number underneath.
The runner-up act was Alan Jones and Leia Dykes, also pupils of St Hugh’s. They sang ‘Jar of Hearts’ by Christina Perri and were fabulous.
After prizes were awarded, a special award was announced. Lewis Coverley, who performed gymnastics in last year’s competition, was brought up on stage and presented with the New Generation Committee of the Rotary Club of Grantham Special Award for overcoming health problems to achieve great things.
This was a wonderful event and one which I was proud to be part of.