Charlotte is Carnoustie talent

THE PRIDE of Carnoustie was on show for all to see at the weekend as the town’s youngsters battled it out in a talent contest.

The first Carnoustie’s Got Talent show, organised by the social committee of Carnoustie Theatre Club, took place in the Dibble Tree Theatre on Friday and Saturday evenings and saw 22 acts vying for supremacy and a £100 top prize.

The competition was eventually won by guitarist and singer-songwriter Charlotte Brimner (15) with her original composition ‘Salt and pepper’.

Close on her heels was singer Priya Ferguson (13) who was praised by the judges for her rendition of Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’.

In third place was Kit Storm (11), on the fiddle, who played some traditional Scottish music at a blistering pace that had the audience tapping its feet in time.

On Friday the acts, which included singers of all ages, dancers, string players and a dog trick were whittled down to 12 for the final on Saturday.

Judges Morna Barron, secretary of the Scottish Community Drama Association, Councillor Brian Boyd and Gazette reporter Johnston Ralston had a tough time thanks to the high quality of the acts.

Compere for the evening was John McSkimming who was on top form keeping things moving smoothly and even entertained with a few ditties of his own.

Betty Gibson, one of the organisers, said: “We are absolutely delighted. I think it exceeded our expectations. I thought the talent of every single entrant was great.

“The feedback from the people there was very positive. What I liked about it was that the audience was totally non-partisan. Every single person on stage got clapped.”

According to Betty the social committee is to hold a meeting soon to consider an encore next year.