Talent showcase in Aldborough

A man who holds the world record for blowing up hot water bottles, singers, dancers and a choir were among the acts showcasing their talent at auditions for a charity variety show.

Those taking part in the auditions, which took place in Aldborough on Sunday were hoping for a place in the annual show promoted by the Good Intentions Fundraising Team, (GIFT) and which is backed by the showbusiness charity, the Grand Order of Water Rats.

In the past, professional acts at the show have included Roy Hudd and the Bachelors.

Those making it to the final were singers Sharon Hunt, 35, from Trunch and Kristen Highe, 27, from Bawdeswell, as well as Zaira Palumbo, 16, from Sprowston , young singer Howard Rooke, 10, from Bacton, dancers 'Twisted' who were Laura Smith and Charlotte Crane, both 14, from Cromer and also Broadland Youth Choir.

One of those taking part and who made it to the final was professional record breaker Shaun Jones from Hoveton, also known as Mr Remarkableman. He holds the record for the fastest hot water bottle bursting and was the first weightlifter to squat lift more than one million pounds over 24 hours on his 50th birthday.

Howard Rooke, who gave a rendition of the song, Where is Love, from the musical Oliver, said: 'I was in a panto and someone said I should audition for this, I am really glad I did and I am so pleased to be a finalist.'

The overall winner, picked with help by Water Rat, Sean Rollarson, was Broadland Youth Choir.

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They will now appear at this year's charity show, which is being staged at the Auden Theatre at Holt on September 25.