March Summer Festival contest proves Fenland has musical talent

FENLAND proved it definitely has got musical talent when contestants battled it out with show stopping numbers to win some great prizes.

Singer Lucy Collins of March was the winner of Friday’s competition, the first to be held as part of March Summer Festival. She will perform on Sunday in West End Park, March, during the festival.

Lucy was presented with �100 prize money given by Secure Design Ltd of March, and a trophy donated by Patsy Brewin in memory of her husband George.

In second place was Alice Darwood who won �50 given by Bike Care of March, and third place went to Megan Green who won �25 also given by Bike Care.

Event organiser Dennis Hicks said: “All the contestants were of a very, very good standard and the judges had great difficulty deciding on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

“We had a mixture of ages and a variety of music from songs from the shows to some big band numbers. It was a little disappointing that there were not more people in the audience but we still made a profit for the festival.”

The evening at the town’s BRSA Club began with comedian Doug Westbrook who welcomed the audience and MC for the event was businessman John Whitehead. Judges were Alan Norris of the Alan Norris Big Band, Darren O’Sullivan, a music and dance promoter, Lisa Dickinson of Dance Mania, and Paul Hicks of Monkey’s uncle.

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Mr Hicks said it was planned for the event to become a regular feature of March Summer Festival. He said: “I will start with planning almost straight away and now we have had the first one there will be some things we will do differently next time but overall I was very pleased with how it went and we were very lucky that all of the nine contestants were of such a high standard.”