Mundesley’s Ship Inn sets sail in search of talent

If Norfolk's Ronan Parke can do it, so can the singers, dancers and plate spinners of Mundesley - and they'll have the chance to prove it next month.

Matt Galasky is organising a two-day charity extravaganza at the village's Ship Inn, where he is manager, which will include a Mundesley's Got Talent contest.

And he's hoping the area's equivalent of Poringland's 12-year-old Ronan, who is through to the final of TV's Britain's Got Talent, will get up on stage to strut their stuff and wow the crowds for a good cause.

Among the 20 acts taking part will be Mr Galasky's nine-year-old daughter Ellie-Louise who is busy perfecting her dance routine for the show.

Mr Galasky, 33, hopes to raise about �2,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) with the fun weekend on July 2 and 3, which will also include live local bands and singers, an inter-pubs tug of war, beer festival, coconut shy, bucking bronco, and a chance to soak 'Norfolk's only Ipswich supporter' - himself - in the stocks.

He has arranged the fete in support of Ship waitress Jude Etherington whose nephew has been receiving treatment at the London hospital for the past two-and-a-half years.

Ms Etherington, 33, from Worstead, has organised a sponsored hike up Mount Snowdon on September 10 for the cause with over 30 friends and family members but Mr Galasky has another commitment that day and decided to host a fete instead.

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The Snowdon event will see climbers aged 13 to 68 taking part in a bid to raise some �5,000 for GOSH.

Ms Etherington's 15-year-old nephew, who lives in Surrey , was diagnosed with vasculitis - inflammation of the blood vessels - in 2009.

The talented teenager, who had been signed to play for Southampton Football Club and had played with Reading and Fulham, has also got a rare blood disorder and a year ago he suffered a stroke. He has undergone several operations at GOSH.

'He isn't at a brilliant stage at the moment but they just don't give up, for which we are very grateful. They are pretty amazing there,' said Ms Etherington.

Anyone who would like to take part in the talent contest can contact Mr Galasky on 01263 722671. To sponsor Ms Etherington visit: www.justgiving.com/Jude-Etherington

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