Topsham talent show to return

PUBLISHED: 12:49 19 January 2011

Amy Smales, winner of the 2010 Y Factor contest, is pictured with PCSO Percy Giles (far left). The final of the event is held at Topsham's Matthews Hall.

Amy Smales, winner of the 2010 Y Factor contest, is pictured with PCSO Percy Giles (far left). The final of the event is held at Topsham's Matthews Hall.

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YOUNGSTERS will once again be able to show off their crowd-pleasing skills when Matthews Hall is transformed into the setting for an X-Factor-style talent show.

The Topsham Y Factor logo

Percy Giles, former Topsham police community support officer, as well as members of the town’s neighbourhood team, will organise the event.

Called The Y Factor, the show will return due to the success of last year and public demand.

Mr Giles, who now works as a PCSO in Exeter, said: “Several people have commented on how they would like the event to become an annual thing which I would also like to see happen.”

Once again, auditions will be held in Countess Wear and Topsham before the final at Matthews Hall during Easter.

The competition is open to talented youngsters under 17-years-old.

Devon Youth Services, local councillors and schools also helped organised the 2010 Y Factor.

One of its main objectives is to give both young girls and boys an enjoyable activity to partake in during the Easter holidays.

Amy Smales, from Heavitree, who sang Hallelujah, secured the top prize last year. She was closely followed by Livvie Kumar from Topsham and the Cheetah Girls from Countess Wear.

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