Carl captures the top title at annual youth talent show

Second place: Alicia Neen-Kellett and Emily Miles

Second place: Alicia Neen-Kellett and Emily Miles

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The cream of young local talent showed off their skills at the Winter Garden on Sunday.

Pupils from Hailsham, Ratton, Bishop Bell, Causeway, Willingdon, Eastbourne Academy and St Bede’s schools competed in the fifth annual Youth’s Got Talent competition.

The event was hosted by Matt Ginno, winner of the first event, and Oliver Robinson-Sivyer – both of whom sang at the end of the show, as did last year’s winners Vocalise.

Twenty-one acts competed for the attention of 17 judges and the worthy winner was 12-year-old Carl Parsons.

The youngster, from Hailsham, sang a rendition of Whitney Houston’s One Moment in Time.

In second place were Causeway pupils Alicia Neen-Kellett and Emily Miles performing Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

Taking third place were St Bede’s students Lia Dunn and Amira-Mai Davidson performing Dream of the Dance.

Producer Gareth Jones said, “Everyone involved, both onstage and backstage, worked fabulously together to create an excellent show which deserved the support it received.

“In a very strong field Carl was a superb winner and we all wish him well for the future.

“We would also like to thank the staff of Eastbourne Theatres who provided excellent support in staging this now well-established and exciting annual celebration of the gifts and talents of the areas young people. A great show and well done to everyone.”