It’s time to show us that Harborough’s Got Talent

Winner of Harborough's Got Talent, Ruby Finch, with runners up Major (left) and Rob Williams
Winner of Harborough's Got Talent, Ruby Finch, with runners up Major (left) and Rob Williams

Musicians, magicians, dog-handlers and dancers are all being urged to enter the third annual Harborough’s Got Talent competition.

The 2014 contest was launched this week and variety act entries are now being sought.

The first preliminary round is taking place at Harborough Conservative Club in Fairfield Road, starting at midday on Saturday, March 22.

The organisers have secured a £500 cash prize for the overall competition winner, £100 for the runner-up and £50 for third-place.

It is open to groups and individuals who live within a 20-mile radius of Market Harborough.

Contestants, who must be over the age of six by the date of the preliminary round, will get three minutes to perform their act and must provide their own backing track, if necessary.

The event, which is being organised by Harborough fundraising group Stage by Stage Events, has been a big hit over the past two years with scores of entries.

This year’s contest will be raising funds for Market Harborough Musical Theatre and community radio station Harborough FM.

It is free to take part and the closing date for entries is Friday, March 21.

Chief organiser Eleanor Shepherd, from Stage by Stage Events, said: “It’s been a fantastic competition and is growing every year.

“There aren’t any categories this year which makes the competition more exciting.

“We had 16 acts going through to the final last year and we even had meerkats appear to audition last year so I am urging any animal or dog owners to come forward.”

Eleanor, who lives in Harborough, added: “Each year the quality of the acts gets better and I can’t wait to see what this year brings.

“I’m still urging local companies to come forward and sponsor the competition and I would like to emphasise the importance that this is a free competition and the funds raised go to Market Harborough Musical Theatre and Harborough FM.”

The final will take place on Saturday, April 26, with the finalists able to perform for up to five minutes.

Stage by Stage Events is a non-profit voluntary organisation which puts on events for charity groups to fundraise and bring awareness to charities or societies. It has also organised open-mic nights at Harborough Theatre over the last few years.

Last year’s Harborough’s Got Talent victor was singer/songwriter Ruby Finch and the inaugural competition back in 2012 was won by The Woodcock Theatre Arts dance group.