Search on for Pock talent

"Guitar man" Graham Perry ready for the talent show at the arts centre

"Guitar man" Graham Perry ready for the talent show at the arts centre

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THE SEARCH is on again to find the best talent in Pocklington.

Pocklington Town Council and the town’s arts centre are organising the second ‘Pocklington Presents...Talent’ competition which gives local people the opportunity to show off their skills.

The event was held last year for the first time and proved to be very successful.

Mayor of Pocklington councillor Graham Perry said: “Following a very successful event last year there’s another one this year.”

The winner of the competition, which will be held at Pocklington Arts Centre on 10 April, will receive £100 and, along with the runner-up, will also be given the opportunity to perform in public on Monday, 4 June at Burnby Hall Gardens, as part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations.

Depending on the number of applicants, auditions may be held before the event.

Last year, about 15 people took part in the competition in front of a packed-out audience. It was won by unique guitarist Tom Stafford.

Coun Perry said: “Last year was the first time and I attended as an onlooker and I thought it was good and very successful.

“It was very pleasing to see the quality of the talent that performed last year.”

Although the quality was high last year, organisers are hoping for a bit more variety this time around.

Pocklington Arts Centre manager Janet Farmer said: “We would like different sorts of talent because a lot of it was musical talent. It would be lovely to get a budding magician or a juggler or something that visually would add something different.”

All funds raised from the event will be given to Wolds Wonders theatre group.

Application forms are available from the arts centre, the council offices on George Street and the town’s library.

The event will start at 7pm. All talents and people of all ages are welcome. Applicants under the age of 18 must provide parental consent prior to the contest for photos to be taken by local media.

Entry is free.