A teenage singing sensation has had a whirlwind year since winning the Best of South Tyneside Young Performer Award.
Last summer Hope Swan left an audience close to tears when she dedicated her performance to her late gran who was her biggest fan.
The A Level student took home the accolade - sponsored by Port of Tyne - following a sensational performance of Adele hit ’All I Ask’ at the annual ceremony.
Now 18, Hope is gearing up to study medicine at Hull York Medical School and her family have hailed the award as giving her a chance to live out her performing dream.
Mum Debbie Swan, from Sunderland Road, South Shields, said: “The award has given her a boost.
“Particularly when she performed at the Tony Hadley concert at Bents Park, as she absolutely loved it.
“Over the last year she has taken part in a charity single along with other singers in the North East, in aid of the Manchester victims.
“She has also been in a number of shows.
“She just loves to sing and has loved music since she was small.
“Sadly her grandmother Patricia Swan died in August last year and it has been really hard for her, as everything happened all together and she had to do her medical exams.
“But she has made us all so proud.”
It has been a busy year indeed for Hope, who attends Starset Theatre and JnK dance, with the last 12 months seeing her star in productions including Scrooge and Little Shop of Horrors, alongside sitting her final A Level exams.
Now she hopes to join the Gilbert and Sullivan Society when she goes to university.
Mum Debbie said on the award: “I would recommend other people to put forward young performers for the award as it does give them a confidence boost and even if they don’t win its a great experience.
“Its unique in the fact it is open to kids from lot of different groups, not just singing, so it has a difference audience on the performance night.”
This year The Best of South Tyneside awards have a headline sponsor of Siemens, and are being held in association with Northumbrian Water, JML, Port of Tyne, Barbour, Harlow Printing and the Customs House as category sponsors.
The awards cover a range of categories and look to honour unsung stars from across the community at an awards night the Quality Hotel in Boldon on September 22.
The finals evening also feature the ever-popular Young Performer category, which is sponsored by Port of Tyne.
Over the years, the category has been the launchpad for stars such as X Factor champions Joe McElderry and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.
The three best entrants in that section will go forward to the finals night, having come through the Young Performer of the Year’s own big night of entertainment.
As in previous years, there will be a night of live performances by all of the young contenders in the running and that will be held on September 5 this year, at the Customs House.
To nominate, send your entries by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
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*Sports Team of the Year
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*Child of Courage
*Young Performer of the Year