Mayor’s trek for talent

Talent competition''Chris Waite, Martin Cooper, Steve Parker
Talent competition''Chris Waite, Martin Cooper, Steve Parker

THE TREK for talent has begun as Pocklington’s mayor looks to leave his year of office with a one-off show in the town.

Councillor Martin Cooper will be handing over his chains of office in the spring, but is hoping to mark his time with what he is calling Pocklington Presents at the town’s Arts Centre.

Anyone over the age of 11 can put their name down for the show, whether it be to dance, sing, play an instrument, tell jokes or anything else they feel could win them the £100 first prize.

“It’s a chance for local people to perform on the Arts Centre stage,” explained Coun Cooper.

“I actually got the idea from the mayor of Snaith and Cowick - I attended a show there and it was thoroughly enjoyable evening, but I thought here in Pocklington we could do even better!

“I’m sure there’s a lot of good artists and talent in the area that would love the opportunity to play on the Arts Centre stage. It will be a fun night - that’s the emphasis.

“This is an appeal for people to come forward to voice their interest, although we’d like them to be reasonably proficient at whatever they do!”

Planned for 12 May, all money raised will go towards the mayor’s chosen charities over the past year- the Wolds Wonders Theatre Group and Pocklington History Group.

To help launch the event, local businessman Chris Waite of Bluesky Career Counselling based on Regent Street has offered to sponsor the occasion.

He said: “We are sponsoring it under our Bluesky Career Counselling brand as we do a lot of work locally in this division and this seems like a good fit!

“Our Career Counselling division helps people to take stock of their career to date and we support them to make key decisions about their career going forwards.”

Anyone wanting to express their interest can contact Coun Cooper on Martin@martincooper0@wanadoo.co.uk or by contacting Pocklington Arts Centre on (01759) 301547.