ST Neots certainly has got talent and on Saturday pulses were racing as nine performers took to the stage to showcase their star potential. Luckily the first St Neots Let Us Entertain You talent competition, held at the Priory Centre, did not feature any

St Neots Let Us Entertain You talent competition

ST Neots certainly has got talent and on Saturday pulses were racing as nine performers took to the stage to showcase their star potential.

Luckily the first St Neots Let Us Entertain You talent competition, held at the Priory Centre, did not feature any dancing dogs or fire jugglers.

However, there were some notable singers and musicians, including the winner, 15-year-old Liam Brook.

The Longsands College pupil won £100 after showcasing his impressive vocal talents with a moving performance of Hallelujah.

St Neots Let Us Entertain You talent competition winner, Liam Brook

In second place was Riordan Pett, 12, who picked up £50 for his animated performance of Lady GaGa's Paparazzi. In third was Leanne Harbour who collected £25 after singing I Know Where I've Been from the musical Hairspray.

Judges for the night were deputy mayor, Councillor Alan Cummings, former mayor, Cllr Bob Eaton, mayoress Peggy Thorpe, dance teacher Susan Lucas, and Hunts Post reporter, Natalie Bowyer.

Describing Liam's winning performance, Cllr Eaton said: "He was confident and has an incredible voice for a boy of his age."

He added: "Those who did not attend missed out on a damn good night. The atmosphere and audience were great and all the performers took to the stage like pros."

Liam, of Manor Grove, St Neots, who would like to pursue a career in musical theatre, said: "I never thought I would win as there was some tough competition."

His proud father, Mark, said he was almost moved to tears by his son's performance.

The competition was organised by St Neots Town Council in association with The Hunts Post and sponsorship from Leeds Day Solicitors and Farrer Holdings.

Other performers included Longsands College pupil, Harriett Millier, who sang Mariah Carey's Hero, Loretta Jaye who sang Tina Turner's Simply the Best and St Neots Community College pupil Rebecca Kane who sang Lady GaGa's Poker Face.

There was also Huntingdonshire Regional College student, George Campey, who played The Shadow's Savage on guitar and Longsands College pupil James Moir who played Wipe Out on guitar.

In addition to this, two-piece, Instant Reality performed Michael Jackson's Beat It.

Town mayor, Cllr Gordon Thorpe, who was compere for the event, said the evening was so successful he hoped to make it an annual event.

"Tonight was fantastic and we have seen some real raw talent who have done the town proud."

All of the acts have been invited to perform at the town's carnival on Saturday.