Has the High Peak got talent? The answer - yes!

Winner Lindsay Rolland with runners-up, Jacob Eekert and Rachel Hopwood.
Winner Lindsay Rolland with runners-up, Jacob Eekert and Rachel Hopwood.

Has the High Peak got talent? The answer is yes!

That was the verdict of judges at the annual talent competition, held to high acclaim on April 25 in Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre.

A host of talented performers, young and old, eagerly took to the stage with the aim of impressing a panel which included former North West Tonight reporter Colin Sykes and his wife Janette, Barry Jarvis of High Peak Radio and local singer and teacher Laura-Jayne Hunter.

And it was ultimately opera singer Lindsay Rolland, from Buxton, who got the nod; her performance of Caro Nome winning her the first prize of £100.

In second place was Rachael Hopwood, singing Kodaline’s All I Want, followed by stand-up comic Jacob Eekert, and a performance of All Of The Stars by Charlie Hodgkinson, featuring dancers Emily Manning, Bethany Bowers, Tilly Manning, and Erin Stanley.

Seven-year-old Henry Hodgkinson, with his musical number Consider Yourself from Oliver, took first prize in the children’s section, ahead of Ela Stainer, 9, and Edie Gelsthorpe, 7, with their respective dance solos, and 12-year-old Molly Sogden singing It’s Oh So Quiet.

The junior contestants at the Has The High Peak Got Talent? showcase at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

The junior contestants at the Has The High Peak Got Talent? showcase at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

Organiser Sally Tideswell commented afterwards: “It was a fantastic evening with some delightful performances. Everyone who went along really enjoyed the occasion.”

The event, which also featured performances by The Phoenix Stage School, raised £400 for The Huntington’s Association.