Topsham X-factor-style event hailed as a success

NINETY young people took part in a talent show at Matthews Hall – an event which was hailed as a glowing success by its organisers. Amy Smales, from Heavitree, who sang Hallelujah, secured the top prize at the Youth Factor competition, held at the hall la

NINETY young people took part in a talent show at Matthews Hall - an event which was hailed as a glowing success by its organisers.

Amy Smales, from Heavitree, who sang Hallelujah, secured the top prize at the Youth Factor competition, held at the hall last Saturday, April 17.

Livvie Kumar, from Topsham, finished in second place and third was the Cheetah Girls from Countess Wear.

Money given by Devon County Councillor Jill Owen was used to fund the event with Exeter City Council's 'My Neighbourhood' liaison officer funding the three trophies.


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The Vue cinema gave four free tickets as prizes.

Mary Evans and Maggie Butt, from Topsham Community Association, paid for the hire of Matthews Hall.

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Percy Giles, police community support officer for the town, was one of the main organisers.

He wished to thank his team of PCSOs Sarah Bloor, Jenelle Green, Tom Hall and his wife Lorraine, Sophie Street and Sarah Giles, as well as PC Kevin Wetherell and two community volunteers, Chris Mulcock and Paul Baber, for their help.

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