PICTURE GALLERY: They’ve got the Aldborough X Factor

Judges at Aldborough's talent show were so impressed at the standard of entries that they picked two winners.

Solo singer Rob Charles, 56, from Reepham, and Stringbox musical duo from Cromer - Robbie Nash, 60, and Paul Cooper, 59 - wowed the trio of judges during a variety morning of performances at Aldborough Community Centre.

The winning acts will now go on to perform with professional artists at a fund-raising variety show on September 23 at Gresham School's Auden Theatre.

Yesterday's talent show, organised by local charity GIFT - Good Intentions Fund-raising Team - attracted musicians ranging in age from 15 to 78.

Village all-girl band Bow.kiss.begin were first on stage, singing their version of Adele's Rolling in the Deep. The four were Erin Holroyd, 15, Jennifer Haggith, 15 and 16-year-olds Maisie Buchanan and Rose Buchan.

Acts which followed included stand-up comedian Meddles, alias 18-year-old Steve Meddler, of Overstrand Road, Cromer, singers Marlene Brown and her husband Brian, both 78, from Woodhouse Close, Sheringham, and their daughter Melanie, 41, from Gimingham, who all performed solos.

Magician Chris Whiting, 27, of Breeze Avenue, Aylsham, impressed with skilful card illusions.

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Organiser and GIFT chairman Yvonne Tiffany was one of the three judges, together with Paula Faiers and Lynda Hinds.

'The standard of the performers was extremely high and therefore we could not agree on one winner,' she said.

'Some of the other acts will be offered the opportunity to perform in other shows planned for the year.'

GIFT has been staging talent shows at Aldborough for the past three years and is involved with the annual September variety show together with show business charity The Grand Order of Water Rats. In the past performers at the Auden Theatre event have included Roy Hudd and The Batchelors with John Stokes.

GIFT raises about �6,000 a year for good causes and is currently supporting defibrillator charity Shocking Now, Park House holiday care home in Sandringham, and the Grand Order of Water Rats.

? GIFT is organising a First Aid awareness day on Saturday April 14 from 10am-2pm at the Melbourne House Hotel, Bacton Road, North Walsham.

The event will include demonstrations, practise opportunities, cake, jewellery and therapy stalls. Tickets cost �2.50, including light refreshments, from 01263 768076, or on the door.

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