Finalists prepare for contest

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Singers, guitarists and dancers make up the final line-up for the first ever Calderdale’s got Talent competition.

The top ten talent has now been revealed – ahead of the grand final which takes place on September 6.

Calderdale's got Talent finalists

Calderdale's got Talent finalists

Following a rehearsal things are now hotting up for the competitors, whose ages range from six to 25.

The budding stars are in with the chance of winning £250, a trophy and a slot on Overgate Hospice’s Big Night Out variety show starring Britain’s got Talent finalist Jack Carroll and Dave Spikey of Phoenix Nights.

Olivia Smith, 14, of Elland will be singing ‘The power of love’.

She said that she has a passion for singing and hopes to be crowned winner.

Olivia, who attends Brooksbank School, said: “I really enjoy it but I’ve never done anything like this. I’ve done a school show but this is the first sort of thing I’ve done. It’s going to be a great experience – I’d be really happy if I won.”

The competition is run by staff from Co-operative food stores and is raising funds for Carers Trust - the Co-op’s charity of the year.

Natalie Johnston is one of the organisers and works at the Co-op store at Stainland Road, Greetland.

She said: “It’s gone really well, we’ve had fantastic singers. I don’t think they need much polishing up really, we just need people to buy tickets.”

Tickets for the final - which takes place at The Venue, Barkisland, are available for £10 and can be picked up at Co-op stores.