GALLERY: The night Wisbech came alive to the sounds and surprises of 25 talented acts taking to the stage

AN 11 year-old stand up comedienne, a trio of keyboard players, an accomplished guitarist and an eclectic mix of voices and performers came together for a stunning night of talent.

Provided you with aged 8 but under 14 you were welcome and so it came to pass that 24 acts provided an extraordinary and uplifting night of entertainment at the Rosmini Centre, Wisbech.

The range of acts was impressive but so too was the mix of schools taking part- the group comprising Monica, David, Lucy and Meloy for instance belting out I Love Rock and Roll came from four separate schools.

What drew them together, and the rest of the acts, was an enthusiasm for performing which they demonstrated magnificently.

Judges, who included the Mayor, Councillor Vivien MacRae, had of course to pick a trio of winners but individually each act won over the panel of judges. The narrowness of the final scores was testimony to the effort each had put in.

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For many it was their first time on stage- for a packed audience of mums, dads, family, friends and supporters it was also a first as they realised the amount of work they had gone into this one off show.

Compere for the evening was John Elworthy, Editor of the Wisbech Standard, who introduced each act onto the stage and ensured the performance ran to time.

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The evening, too, drew praise from at least one community website in Wisbech which attracted comments such as “it was a great night, great acts and the kids did really well.”

Another posted that it was a night too when “ our mayor learned how to open winners’ envelopes in reverse order and young Connor White won first prize for his version of Knocking on Heaven’s Door”.

Parent Nathan Smith made a video of the evening and he hopes soon to have available DVDs for sale at the centre, priced �1.

“From magic tricks to Latvian lyrics; from guitar wrangling to sign language it was phenomenal fun for all,” he saidf.

“My two eldest were performing, my youngest managed to get in on the act, literally. Very proud of both mine and all the other kids tonight.”

He also praised Annie Appleby who runs a drama group at the centre and helped produce the show. He was also taken, he said, by the adults sketch at the end loosely based on The Archers which they performed whilst the judges were totting up their marks.

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