Battle is on for coveted talent trophy

4 August 2011

Talented performers from across the county will be competing against each other for a cash prize and the honour of winning the coveted Neath Port Talbot’s Got Talent trophy this Saturday.

David Thomas and Josh James perform as part of Where Corals Lie, one of the finalists competing at Neath Port Talbot's Got Talent on Saturday

David Thomas and Josh James perform as part of Where Corals Lie, one of the 12 acts competing at the final of Neath Port Talbot's Got Talent on Saturday

After three fiercely fought heats last month, 12 acts emerged as the best of the bunch, and will now battle it out at the Seaside Social and Labour Club to take home the trophy and call themselves the county’s most talented performer. The finalists are BreakOut Band, Gwen Davies, Liam Dwyer, Mike Dyer, Jessica Eckerall, Estelle Eley, Curtis Howe, Jasmine Leigh, Glen Parkhouse, Daniel Price, Emma Watkins and Where Corals Lie.

The competition is in aid of the Ty Hafan and Ty Olwen hospices, and will be compered by local fundraiser Captain Beany.

The caped charity hero said he is ‘over the moon’ to be hosting the event in such a good cause.

He said the competition so far had been fierce: “During the audition heats in July we had a wide variety of young and old competing. The youngest was 12 and the eldest was 86 years of age. Predominately, all the acts are singers and bands and we were slightly disappointed that there were no speciality acts on offer to amaze our star panel of judges. But, we all agreed that the competition was quite rigorous as some of the judges pulled no punches with regards to constructive criticisms and encouraging comments.”

The evening will include performances from the ten singing acts and two bands, as well as a raffle, competition, buffet and late disco.

Captain Beany said he wanted to thank the local community for their help in supporting the event. “We cannot thank enough all those kind hearted people who have donated some fabulous raffle prizes, and provided a grand buffet. We would especially like to thank Fairwood Fabrications for providing us with sponsorship by allocating the prize money for the top three places.”

Doors open at 7pm at the Seaside Social and Labour Club. Tickets are available on the door for £5, or £10 (including buffet). To reserve your ticket, contact Peter on 07807040313 or Ann on 07545138173.

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