Boscombe’s got Talent

Singers, jugglers, dancers, rappers. Drinking tea and coffe confortably seated or standing suddendly intrigued by music and clapping, it was possible to see every age talents on Sunday in Boscombe where a new, successful talent show took place.

Many people stopped in front of the stage set up in Sovereign Shopping Centre in Boscombe, which ended a week-end full of events yesterday with Boscombe’s got Talent, where 12 performers had the possibility to show their abilities in front of the jury formed of Suzy Wheeler of Strawberry Fields Represents, Alun Williams from the Coastal BID, Councillor Jane Kelly, and a representative from student radio Nerve FM.

Performers took turns on stage doing their best and trying to impress judges to achieve the final £200 prize and a recording with a studio.

Some beginners and some experienced, but all talented, artists made jury’s work difficult but finally one winner was elected by popular demand.

Wesley Bennett, 17, is originally from Australia but moved in Bournemouth with his family when he was 2. Playing his guitar and singing some of the songs he personally wrote, he enchanted and enthused the audience, who immediately responded with applauses. He said: “I can’t really believe it to be honest. I tough I had no chance, but people seemed to enjoy my performance, I’m really happy.”

The other two finalist were Jim Van Waltsleben, 17, lyricist and rapper, and the young Ella Brookes, 10, who sang and danced as a professional artist on the stage.

“I write my own music and I want to make it in music industry” said Jim “I think this talent is good, it gives people the chance to show what they can do. I really enjoyed being here.”

The event, which was funded by the Coastal BID, got a good response as it attracted a large audience. Clare Belmont Manager of the Community Youth Project Shop and organiser of the talent, said: “This is our first year and it was wonderful to see people come to Boscombe and enjoy what we have to offer. We really hope to be able to do it again next year “.


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