Talent contest allows performers to shine in Lowestoft

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform.

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform. - Credit: Archant

A musical competition showcased some of the area's emerging talents when it was held during the Lowestoft Summer Festival.

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform.

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform. - Credit: Archant

With the sun shining on the stage, seven acts enjoyed their moment in the spotlight as part of the Lowestoft's Got Talent contest.

Auditions were held at The Seagull Theatre in May – with the best acts progressing through to the live show on the Royal Green last Saturday.

And after a diverse selection of acts performed in front of the five judges, the overall winner was 12-year-old singer Leah Robbins – who wowed the crowds with her diverse range of songs and vocal ability.

The Lynn Grove Academy student, who lives in Gorleston, performed three songs – one of which was Blue Smoke by Dolly Parton.

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform.

The Waiting Room Dance Group perform. - Credit: Archant


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'I am really happy that I won, but also really surprised,' said Leah, who attends the Stage Door Youth Theatre.

'I was the youngest person taking part so I didn't think I would win.

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'It was really good to get on stage and become another person – I am completely different when I get up there.

'I have been singing since I was little and I really love performing Dolly Parton songs.'

Leah was also awarded £200 for winning the contest, which she says she used to purchase a new segway.

The other acts, who were each given 10 minutes to perform, were singers Stacey Bogan, Isabelle Anderson, Jessica Hales, The Old Stuff Band and the Oulton Broads – along with dancers The Waiting Room.

Rotary club member Danny Steel, who was one of the judges alongside Mark Lanham, Nick Webb, Agnes Lillis and Paul Hobbs, said: 'It went incredibly well but it will certainly be bigger and better next year.

'The weather made a huge difference – there were thousands of people there – I have not seen as many as that since we had the air show.

'We are all very grateful to the people of Lowestoft for supporting the event.'

All of the acts that took part in the competition have been invited to perform a one off show at the Seagull Theatre on October 8.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm, will be raising money for Access Community Trust.

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