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Talented pupils from Corton Primary School shine on stage in Lowestoft show

PUBLISHED: 18:00 29 June 2015

Corton's Got Talent. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Corton's Got Talent. Pictures: MICK HOWES

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It is a programme that continues to captivate a nation.

But while all eyes may have been firmly fixed on the final of the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent last month, youngsters in Corton recently proved that they have plenty of talent as well.

More than 10 million people watched the live final of BGT on May 31, which was won by the musical canine freestyle act Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse – with Hopton-on-Sea entertainer Jeffrey Drayton reaching the live semi-final.

Two Saturday’s ago the focus of attention was on a group of talented youngsters from the village’s primary school as the third Corton’s Got Talent show was hailed another resounding success.

Just like the television programme, there was a range of fun acts on display as comedians, singers and dancers all took to the stage at Benjamin Britten High School.

And for the first time this year, the school choir – consisting of 14 pupils and led by teachers Jemma Dalley and Hollie Wells – closed the show as they performed their version of the Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit song Uptown Funk.

With Corton Primary School headteacher Nicola Rowland, office manager Keri Cotton and key-stage-two class teacher Michelle Ayers taking on the Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden judging roles once more, they were full of praise for the pupils that took part.

There were lots of proud parents and family members who all applauded the children’s efforts as 15 acts performed in front of more than 100 people at the high school in Blyford Road.

Given there was a large number of children taking part once more in the 2015 version of Corton’s Got Talent, the show – held in association with the Friends of Corton Primary School – was split into two sections, with the youngsters from key-stage-one performing in the first half and the key-stage-two children taking to the stage after the interval.

The winner of the infants section was comedian Ossie Spaull. Runners-up were singing trio Enya Kirkpatrick, Emily Cooper and Katie Blyth, with their version of Uptown Funk, with Evie Thorne and Mia Tabiner impressing in third place as they danced to 22 by Taylor Swift.

The winner of junior section was Fearne Brickell, with her version of How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.

Runners-up were sisters Anna and Beth Riley, as they danced and performed acrobatics to Katy Perry’s This Is How We Do song with last year’s winner Sonny Rouse, in third, as he danced to Boss remix.

Delighted with how the show went, headteacher Nicola Rowland said: “It went brilliantly once more. The judges were very impressed with all the performances from our talented pupils.”

All of the acts had the opportunity to rehearse and prepare in the lead up to the main event with Jeni Cook, from the Totally Wicked School of Dance, as Corton’s Got Talent is supported by the modern dance school.

Entertainment was provided at the end of the show by Totally Wicked School of Dance students while the judging and verification of scores took place.

Equally pleased with how this year’s Corton’s Got Talent event had gone, Mrs Cook said: “We had a terrific amount of talent come through this year. In my mind the talent is getting up on that stage and performing in front of more than 100 people – it is a massive thing.

“It was a pleasure to work with the children. They have been so prepared and organised with their ideas, and were so excited about joining in with the show. It is a privilege to work with them.”

She added: “The children all bring their ideas to me and we work together on how viable it is and what they need to do. There was such a variety of acts being attempted this year. For me it is lovely to see them come through with their ideas and they then work really hard to perform it – so seeing them on stage for the final show it’s fantastic to see how much they have grown.”

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