BYRON FESTIVAL: Hucknall’s Got Talent!

LITTLE AND LARGE -- dancers from the Selston Stargaze Dance Academy

LITTLE AND LARGE -- dancers from the Selston Stargaze Dance Academy

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ON the same day as the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ on ITV1, Hucknall proved that it does not lack sparkling young stage-performers of its own.

As part of the Byron Festival, pupils of Hucknall’s two comprehensive schools, National and Holgate, were among young people who took part in an entertaining summer showcase at the Lovelace Theatre, based at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street.

NHUD11-1442-1'Byron Festival.'Liv and Charlotte open the Young People's showcase at the John Godber Centre on Saturday.

NHUD11-1442-1'Byron Festival.'Liv and Charlotte open the Young People's showcase at the John Godber Centre on Saturday.

Despite only getting involved at a late stage, the National youngsters shone with piano pieces, songs and guitar numbers.

Holgate kicked off its contributions with an appearance by the school’s swing band, followed by vocals and comedy acts.

Special mention is merited by Tom Stevenson for his remarkably assured turn as a stand-up comic.

Two cute three-year-olds, Leon Beasley and Ivy Brand, were among members of the Stargaze Dance Academy, of Selston, who put on a stunninng display of ‘Strictly Kids Ballroom and Latin’.

NHUD11-1442-16'Byron Festival.'Vox Factor Youth Group member Gabby sings for her dad during the Young People's Showcase event on Saturday.

NHUD11-1442-16'Byron Festival.'Vox Factor Youth Group member Gabby sings for her dad during the Young People's Showcase event on Saturday.

Also represented were the Vox Factory Youth Group, with songs and guitar numbers, and the Kirkby Dance Academy, who put on street, contemporary and jazz dances.

The show, which attracted a full house, was compered by Coun John Wilmott, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield District Council.

Special guests among the audience were the new chairman of Notts County Council, Coun Keith Walker (Con), and his lady, Inga.