Chloe Johnston, 16, from Uckfield who was runner-up in a talent contest in the town on Saturday night.

Eight acts take part in Uckfield talent contest

Eight acts took part in a talent contest organised by teenagers and held in Uckfield on Saturday night.

It was the final part of a National Citizen Service (NCS) course which involved youngsters in outdoor activity, living away from home, working as a team and then making a difference in the community.


Talent contest organisers, from the left, are Aaron Chandler, Ollie De Savigny, Anna Roberts, Harry Elphick, Jacob Wheaton and Jamie Tomsett.

All the funds needed to put on the show, in the Weald Hall at the Uckfield Civic Centre, were raised by the organisers themselves. When they, for example, needed more money to print additional posters one of their number Ollie De Savigny went busking.

They said Uckfield townspeople were very supportive of their efforts with many traders offering prizes for a tombola held on the night.

Team members came from across East Sussex and encouraged their friends to take part in the contest. Judges included the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Ian Smith.

Among the acts from Uckfield were sisters Beth and Ella Burchett, aged 14 and ten respectively, who each played the ukulele and sang,

Also from Josh Stafford, 13, played the guitar and sang, Chloe Johnston, 16, played the guitar and sang and Owen Mudford, 17, and Phil Gough, 34, performed in a comedy sketch.

Winner of the contest was Molly Parker, 17, from Steyning. Chloe came second and Josh came third.

All money raised is going to Catch 22, a social business providing services that help people in tough situations to turn their lives around.

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