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Young singers, dancers and performers showed off their skills at a national talent contest.

The national finals of Talent Fest UK took place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK took place at the Winter Gardens. Above: Debbie Harris School of Performing Arts. Below:  Tyne Theatre Stage School. Bottom: Dance Dynamics.

The Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK took place at the Winter Gardens. Above: Debbie Harris School of Performing Arts. Below: Tyne Theatre Stage School. Bottom: Dance Dynamics.

More than 500 youngsters from local theatre and dance groups lined-up to show whether they have what it takes to succeed in show business.

Special guest star Joey Essex, from ITV2’s The Only Way Is Essex handed out the awards and there was a performances from dance troupe Flawless – 2009 Britain’s Got Talent finalists, and singer Charlotte Jacinelli. T

Local finalists included Park Community Academy and South Shore Academy, who came first and second in the School Fest competition, Carrie Ann Clarke in the senior musical theatre category, Amy Blyth in junior musical theatre, as well as 50 members of The Dance Place who came third in the musical group category.

Organiser Robin Elliott said: “It was fantastic to see such a great amount of talent on display. Everyone had a wonderful time.”

Aanthony Farran 28.09.2014 Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK at the Winter Gardens, Ballroom, Blackpool. Pictured; Tyne Theatre Stage School.

Aanthony Farran 28.09.2014 Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK at the Winter Gardens, Ballroom, Blackpool. Pictured; Tyne Theatre Stage School.

Aanthony Farran 28.09.2014 Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK at the Winter Gardens, Ballroom, Blackpool. Pictured; Dance Dynamics.

Aanthony Farran 28.09.2014 Grand Finals of Talent Fest UK at the Winter Gardens, Ballroom, Blackpool. Pictured; Dance Dynamics.