Young performers urged to step forward

WARM WELCOME ... Ray Spencer.
WARM WELCOME ... Ray Spencer.

SUPER-TALENTED entertainers are needed for our fantastic Young Performer competition.

The ever-popular contest, sponsored by Port of Tyne, is back for another year and we’re hoping to find another rising star to follow in the footsteps of our illustrious line-up of previous winners, including X Factor champions Joe McElderry and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

I look forward to seeing what new talent comes to light this year.

Ray Spencer

This year’s finalists will get to perform at the Customs House in South Shields on Monday, April 27.

Three contestants will be shortlisted and will perform again at the finale of the Pride of South Tyneside awards ceremony at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon, on Thursday, June 12.

They will hope to achieve the same success as Lily Brooke, then 16, who lifted the title last year after performing her original song, Counting Numbers.

The team at the Customs House are looking forward to hosting what promises to be a great night.

Customs House Executive Director Ray Spencer, MBE, said: “We have a terrific history in South Tyneside of young and emerging talent with many of them having first been brought to our attention through Young Performer of the Year.

“It’s always an exciting occasion and I look forward to seeing what new talent comes to light this year.”

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “The Port of Tyne is proud to support the Young Performer category once again, inspiring young people to make the most of their talent.

“The awards are an excellent opportunity to perform and be seen, helping young people grow in confidence and gain skills that will help them whatever their future path – it’s The Customs House and Custom Space all-year-round activities that nurture and develop talent that makes these awards possible.”

To enter, fill in the nomination form in today’s’ paper or do it online HERE.

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