A talented teenager received an early Christmas present after winning an inaugural singing competition.
Milly Melling, 15, competed against five other North East youngsters in the A Star is Born final, part of Manor Walks shopping centre’s Christmas lights switch-on.
The West Allotment teenager performed in front of an excited crowd who enjoyed an action-packed programme of free family fun at Cramlington.
There was live music from brass and steel bands, mesmerising light-up stilt walkers, free face painting, dance performances and a special guest appearance from singer songwriter and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jamie Lee Harrison.
The event, held in association with Heart FM and Cramlington Town Council, was a huge success and talented Milly beat off stiff competition from across the region to win a £500 cash prize.
They were invited to perform live on stage before Jamie Lee Harrison threw the switch on this year’s Christmas lights.
Milly said: “It was amazing and I was overwhelmed at winning A Star is Born. I’m so grateful for all the support. It was such a lovely and well organised event and I’m delighted to have won this real heart of the community singing competition.”
Bruno Coppola, general manager at Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure, said: “Congratulations to Milly, our winner of A Star is Born, as she was outstanding at our Christmas lights switch on. We truly believe we have found a real singing superstar.”
“Each of the six finalists did a fantastic job and should be extremely proud of themselves as they all performed brilliantly and helped make our Christmas lights switch on extra special.
“We were delighted with the success of the whole event and I would like to thank everyone in the community who came along.
“It was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the free, festive events and we hope that families will come and visit Santa at his magical grotto and take part in our festive workshops throughout December.”
John Collins, Chair of Cramlington Town Council, who was on the judging panel, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people turn out for Manor Walks’ Christmas lights switch on.
“The whole day was brilliant and there was something for everyone to enjoy.”
Christmas festivities are continuing throughout December including Santa’s Grotto on December 9, 10, 16, 17, 22 and 23. Book online at www.manorwalks.co.uk
Children can also get crafty on Saturday, December 9, by decorating their very own bauble. Then on Saturday, December 16, they can discover what it takes to become a real elf with Santa’s elves Tinsel and Cookie.
The festive fun also continues after Christmas as children can get creative to make a personalised snowman craft on Thursday, December 28.
All of these workshops take place from 11am until 3pm.