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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Hulton & Rumworth’s Got Talent

Haslam Park in Deane will play host to a massive celebration of talent this Saturday afternoon. HULTON AND RUMWORTH’S GOT TALENT is a contest organised by local organisation Bolton at Home in order to search for gifted young people in the area.

The event was developed because staff at Bolton at Home felt that key events this year such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics were not every ones cup of tea. Talented individuals in the catchment area (singers, rappers, dancers, actors etc.) generally have low expectations, low aspiration and low self-esteem and so the organisation wanted to address that through a talent competition.

All the acts are absolutely fantastic -there are a lot of vocalists, street dancers, a young rock band and a female rapper, so there’s a hug mix performing on the day. Talent Pool has also provided three acts to break up the day including song writing competition winner James Holt, runner-up Sarah Barker and local rock band Saria. It is set to be a fun day out for friends and family to enjoy in the pleasant surroundings of Haslam Park.

Whilst the final winner will be judged by a panel of local music enthusiasts, an overwhelming number of applicants made it very hard shortlisting the final sixteen performers. At first the competition was only open for residents who live in the Hulton and Rumworth area but it was eventually opened up borough-wide.

This is the first time that Bolton at Home has hosted such a competition at this scale, but the project is expected to grow bigger and better next year, giving project leaders plenty of time to publicise all over the borough. Hopefully it will prove more opportunities for bands to showcase their talent and build links into local Radio, promoting their work.

If you wish to witness the competition for yourself, head down to Haslam Park in Deane (Wigan Road) tomorrow afternoon – the entertainment is taking place between 13.00 and 15.00 with the Talent Pool acts performing in between groups of competition hopefuls.

Article by Colin Liptrot.

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