Video: Stevenage has got talent competition

A TALENT contest saw gifted Comet country residents out in force for auditions on Saturday. Twenty-five people wowed the judges for Stevenage Has Got Talent – a contest organised by the town s mayor Mick Patston. The auditions were held at Shephall Commun

A TALENT contest saw gifted Comet country residents out in force for auditions on Saturday.

Twenty-five people wowed the judges for Stevenage Has Got Talent - a contest organised by the town's mayor Mick Patston.

The auditions were held at Shephall Community Centre, on Shephall Green, and the panel of judges included Cllr Patston, Comet editor Darren Isted and MBDA's Alan Fuller.

People sang, danced and played musical instruments in a bid to win a place to perform at the Mayor's Charity Concert, which will be held at The Gordon Craig Theatre next month.

Cllr Patston said: "I was pleasantly surprised at how many people signed up for it. People came and had a go and it was really good. There's so much talent out there - I was blown away with it all. Whether they were successful or not didn't matter. They were really brave and they were all great. It was great fun."

The six winning acts were street dancer Sheldon Thompson, singer Alex Mileusnic, dancer Alice Sweeney, singer Roxy Searle, harmonica player Leslie Mortimer, and dancing partners Jacob Pollock and Juliette Fletcher.

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To book tickets for the Mayor's Charity Concert, which starts at 7pm on Thursday, March 26, visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk or call the box office on 08700 131 030. All tickets are �5. The event will raise money for the mayor's Stevenage-based charities which are the army, sea and air cadets, and Tracks - providing care and support for pre-school children diagnosed with complex communication disorders, including autism.