Carnoustie does have talent!

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IT LOOKS as though a Carnoustie talent show has been saved in the final act after organisers appealed for more entrants.

The Carnoustie’s Got Talent competition initially struggled to attract enough performers to hold a proper talent contest, but a last minute flood of entries has guaranteed it goes ahead.

Tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) 25 acts will appear at the Dibble Tree Theatre in Carnoustie vying for a chance to win a £100 cash prize.

Last week the Guide & Gazette carried an appeal by organiser Betty Gibson for more acts to take part which appears to have helped.

Betty said: “I’m absolutely delighted. Last week we only had half a dozen acts but then all of a sudden the whole lot came in over two days.

“We’ve closed the entries now so we can go on and get it all prepared.”

According to Betty the line-up should also feature something for everyone with a range of different acts and ages.

She said: “We’ve got a good sort of mix of types of act. We’ve got a dog trick, gymnastics, a cellist, violinist, singing, dancing, a singer song-writer and a guy with a guitar who will also sing for us.

“We’ve got a nice mix of ages with the youngest being six and the oldest 22.”

The format allows each contestant on the Friday a 90-second slot to impress the judges who will whittle the list down ahead of the final.

Betty said: “What we are going to do is have the judges choose the first 10 acts to go through and then the audience will vote on the remainder.

“That will save two people, who will then go through with the other 10 acts.”

On the panel are Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd, Guide & Gazette reporter Johnston Ralston and Morna Barron, secretary of the Northern District of the Scottish Community Drama Association.

The judges are as much there to engage in light banter as they are to award scores. Betty said: “Morna has actually done adjudicating for festivals, but she is very friendly.

“Overall we want this to be a fun and friendly thing, we don’t want anyone to go away with a sore heart.”

Tickets for the show are £4 each night or £6 for both nights and are available from The Fobel Shop.

Betty added: “Now that folk know it’s going ahead tickets are starting to go quickly so you had better get down there and buy your ticket because they are selling fast.”

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