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Redbridge’s Got Talent raises more than £12,000 for the Mayor’s appeal

PUBLISHED: 10:15 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 05:49 21 March 2018

All award winnders at Redbridge's Got Talent 2018. Photo: Click Print Photos

All award winnders at Redbridge's Got Talent 2018. Photo: Click Print Photos

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Talented residents showed off their skills to raise more than £12,000 for the Mayor of Redbridge’s appeal supporting two hospices.

Singers, dancers, rappers, musicians and gymnasts were among those competing to be crowned champion of the second Redbridge’s Got Talent contest, which took place at Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green, on Friday (March 16).

Twelve-year-old Jo Lee was crowned overall winner, selected by a judging panel consisting of the mayor, Cllr Linda Huggett, CBBC’s Ella Gilling, Kerry Newell from the West End’s Lion King and sponsor representative Louise Felstead.

The event was sponsored by 22 businesses and suppliers from within the borough.

Cllr Huggett said: “All the acts were amazing and gave brilliant performances.

“The judges were unanimous in their decision of the overall winner.

“Jo showed incredible talent at such a young age with her outstanding performance of two very difficult piano pieces which were played to perfection.”

Jo performed Rustle of Spring by Christian Sinding and Children’s Song No 18 by Chick Corea.

Other winners included Jo’s 10-year-old sister Kaye Lee, who won best solo or duet under 12; Ahreen Ahmed, 15, who came top in the under 18 category; and Trevor Rowley in the over 18s.

The Gaana Squad, who perform a type of south Indian street dance, came top in the dance category.

The best teamwork award was given to Kuntals Bollywood Dance Company.

Eleven-year-old Aaron Goh was crowned the most promising act.

Les Miserables star Tamsin Dowsett, originally from Redbridge, made a special guest appearance to sing The Wizard and I from the musical Wicked.

Former Kenneth More Theatre director Vivyan Ellacott compered the show, which was organised by volunteers from the Mayor’s appeal committee and Redbridge Drama Centre, in South Woodford.

The centre’s Owen Smith said: “Cultural events like this help bring communities together and help us to celebrate the cultural diversity which is in the borough.”

Overall the event raised more than £12,000 for local charities Haven House and Saint Francis Hospice.

Haven House supports children under the age of 19 with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families while Saint Francis provides similar service for adults from Redbridge and Havering.

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