Winners of Spelthorne's Got Talent announced

Spelthorne's Got Talent winner

Issued: May 2019

The finals of Spelthorne's Got Talent took place on Friday 22 March. Held at Halliford School's John Crook theatre in Shepperton, 13 acts comprising singers, dancers, comedians, musicians and magicians gathered to perform to a sold-out audience, raising money for the Mayor's charities.

The difficult job of picking the winners was given to a panel of judges who themselves have a wealth of experience in theatre, dance, music and acting:-

  • Debbie Arnold: actress, author, altruist, writer and voice artist
  • Nina Wadia: actress best-known for playing Zainab Masood in EastEnders
  • John Altman: actor and singer, best-known for his role as Nick Cotton in Eastenders
  • Jodie Hawkes: musician who has played with numerous well-known bands including his brother Chesney and father Chip Hawkes, lead singer of the Tremoloes
  • Ray Tregoning: retired primary school teacher who has produced and directed many school productions
  • Kaye Friday: actress, dancer and dance teacher

First prize went to 10-year-old Param Patel, who played the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. Param received the winner's trophy, a two-hour recording session at Skyline Studios and a tour of Pinewood Studios. 

The second prize was won by 8-year-old Chloe Buley Little who sang 'Naughty' from Matilda. Chloe received a trophy, two sessions at the Rock Project in Chertsey and Pinewood cinema tickets.

Third prize was won by The Dancing Dolls - Erin aged 10 and Lillie-Mai aged 9, who dance at Harfield Dance Studios. Erin and Lillie-Mai received a trophy and Pinewood cinema tickets.

Spelthorne Council's Arts and Wellbeing Officer, Catherine Learmonth, said: "Spelthorne's Got Talent was a huge success in a number of ways. It provided an opportunity for local talent to showcase their skills in a professional environment and highlighted an incredible sense of community. The audience were hugely supportive and went wild with applause for each individual act. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and resources to this project, raising lots of money for charity and giving all the contestants an experience they will remember for years to come."