SEARCH FOR A STAR FINAL.
officers have just returned from the grand final of Search for a
Star competition to start preparing for next year’s event.
Fourteen seaside resorts
took part in the British Resort Association’s talent competition at
the Grand Pavilion in Pawthcawl where Martin Lambert, who won the
regional final at Southport Arts Centre, was taking part.
Southport was also
represented by Cllr. Les Byrom, who heads the BRA and former tourism
boss Phil King, who was one of the judges.
Martin sang the Wind
Beneath My Wings but the first prize went to singer Matt Baker from
Weston Super Mare. Officers in the tourism division of Sefton
Council are now beginning to plan next year’s regional Search for a
Star competition and are looking forward to playing host to the national
final in 2004.
This year’s event was
re-launched in line with some of the national competitions currently
taking place. With the help of Scarisbrick entertainment agency ABD
Productions the competition was the most successful yet with more
entertainers taking part than ever.
Sefton Council Cabinet
Member for Economic Development and Tourism, Councillor Ronnie Fearn,
said: “Search for a Star is of such a standard that it reflects
what is going on nationally, with TV shows like Star for a Night, Stars
in the Eyes and Pop Stars. “Southport has a well-deserved reputation
for nurturing new talent and I’m sure next year’s competition will
see even more young entertainers coming forward.” The first
auditions for Search for a Star are due to start in March.
by Julia Brough. See Old News for photos
of this years (2001) Contest!