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Monday, 25 May 2015

Brendan sits in judgement

COMEDIAN Brendan Healy knows talent when he sees it and there was plenty on show when he attended Haydon Bridge High School recently.

The well-known local funny man acted as judge at the school’s talent contest, which saw teenagers display their skills in various activities.

The school was approached by Isos Housing to see if it would be interested in running the event, and Year 12 performing arts students jumped at the chance.

Judged by Mr Healy, headteacher John Whittle and a representative from Isos, two winners were chosen to represent the school in a regional final, to be held at Durham’s Ramside Hall.

They were talented musician Anna Bailey, who performed her own composition, and dance group Feet First, consisting of Kate Ogle, Pip Hamer, Emily Cunningham, Gina Tailford, Nina Mitchell, Laura Archer, Hannah Walke and Olivia Tordoff.

Expressive arts teacher Jane Hamilton, said: “There was an awful lot of talented pupils there and we had a huge amount of skill on display.

“All the students rehearsed and put together a routine that would impress the judges.

“And the judges were complimentary when they explained just how difficult it was to identify two winners because everybody’s act was of a high standard.”

Acts on the night included young musicians, dance troupes and a hugely talented gymnastic routine.

Mr Whittle said: “What was nice was that all the judges’ feedback was complimentary and everything on the night was so positive.

“What was particularly lovely was the respect and support of the 150 to 200 people in the audience whose level of support to every single act, be it singing, dancing or gymnastics, was high.

“There were a few who were nervous about performing in front of people they hadn’t met before, but they all did extremely well.”

Such was the success of the talent evening that thoughts have turned to hosting a similar event next year.

Mr Whittle said: “We have regular music events every half-term, but this is something we would like to do each year, in some form, because it truly was a great evening.”