Triplets triumph at talent show

Pock Talent Show - The winners Jake, Ross & Joe with Graham Perry
Pock Talent Show - The winners Jake, Ross & Joe with Graham Perry

TALENTED triplets triumphed at this year’s Pocklington Presents...Talent competition at the town’s arts centre.

Singing brothers Jake, Ross and Joe Waddington took first prize after performing Electricity from the Billy Elliot musical. They were awarded £100 and the chance to perform in public on 4 June at Burnby Hall Gardens, as part of the town’s Jubilee celebrations.

The ten-year-olds were one of 13 acts who took to the Pocklington Arts Centre stage last Tuesday in front of a packed crowd of about 160 people.

Their mother Sara Waddington, who runs Simply Books at Burnby Hall, said: “They were really pleased.

“It was bit last minute for us. They had applied on the off chance but they didn’t hear until the Tuesday morning of the show. They only had a few hours to prepare.

“I was really pleased. I thought there were some really good acts there.”

Organised by Pocklington Town Council and the arts centre, the show saw a variety of acts including singers, guitarists and keyboard players who, as well as performing in front of a large crowd, also had a panel of judges looking on.

The judges, which included Pocklington town councillor Tony Marron, Woldgate College music teacher Sam Dunkley and Gina Campbell, who runs a local music school, gave their views and opinions to each act after they performed.

However, it was the audience who had the responsibility of deciding the winner and runners up of the event.

The competition raised almost £700 for the Pocklington mayor’s chosen charity, the Wolds Wonders theatre group.

Mayor of Pocklington, Coun Graham Perry, said the competition topped last year’s event, which was the first time it was held.

He said: “It was a great evening. We were totally delighted with the show. The calibre of the acts was extremely high. The resulting funds we raised for the Wolds Wonders was beyond our expectations.”

He added: “James Duffy [arts centre assistant manager] and all his staff at the arts centre did a great job supporting the show.”