South Tyneside Young Performer Hope dedicates award to poorly gran

Hope Swan receives the Young Performer of the Year award from Susan Wear, Director of Corporate Affairs with Port of Tyne during the Shields Gazette's Best of South Tyneside event at the Quality Hotel in Boldon Picture: DAVID WOOD
Hope Swan receives the Young Performer of the Year award from Susan Wear, Director of Corporate Affairs with Port of Tyne during the Shields Gazette's Best of South Tyneside event at the Quality Hotel in Boldon Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Singing sensation Hope Swan brought an audience close to tears when she dedicated her latest success to her poorly gran.

The 17-year-old A Level student took home the Best of South Tyneside Young Performer of the Year accolade following a sensational performance of Adele hit, ’All I Ask,’ at the annual ceremony.

After picking up her award, Hope said: “I am dedicating this to my gran who suffered a big stroke two weeks ago and is currently in hospital.”

During the awards night held at the Quality Hotel in Boldon last Thursday, Young Performer finalists Hope, James Bassett, 12, and Ellie Stephenson, 12, had the chance to perform before the winner was announced.

Hope, who attends Starset Theatre and JnK dance school, was at the awards with her family, who recorded her performance so her gran, Patricia Mountain, 80, could watch it in hospital.

Mum Debbie Swan said: “I am extremely proud, when her name was called it took a second to register as we didn’t expect it!
“Her grandma is her biggest fan and she would have given anything to have been there on the night.
“But we showed her the video of Hope performing and although she can’t speak, she cried, so we knew she understood what we were saying.

“It was really emotional for all of us as we know her grandma is so proud of her.”

After winning the award, sponsored by Port of Tyne, Hope was given the chance to perform at a gig in Bents Park on Saturday, something she said she would love to do again as her career progresses.

Hope, from Sunderland Road, South Shields, added: “My gran cried when she saw the video of me performing, so it was really emotional.

“We are really close and she is my biggest fan.

“She has come to every performance I have ever done, so the awards was the first thing she has ever missed but I know she is really proud of me.”