Special thanks have to go to the professional entertainers: Jonathan Stamp and Jim Keir, and MC, Martyn Holehouse.
What was truly amazing is how much talent small-town Bude actually has. It is phenomenal and the show was mind-blowing. Another upside was as a major fund-raiser for the iconic sea pool.
This is how it all started and I, for one, was pleased to be there at the beginning at this event. Indeed, I worked with the winning team that day, who did splendidly, and who continued, along with the phenomenal Debbie Cousins, to successfully Crowdfund the idea and take it forward to fruition. I attended some (but by no means all) committee meetings and there were times we thought it would never take off, but it did, and it did so in a big way, with over £2000 raised for the Bude Sea Pool. The dedication of the people who were regulars on the committee is to be applauded.
I must mention the acts. The show started with an amazing grade 8 young drummer, Kieran Wint, with a fabulous rendition of Pharell Williams’ Happy. Kieran also plays saxophone and is multi-talented, so a great future ahead for him.
Secondly was 10 year old (I think) Louis McCausland who had an amazing voice. Singing since the age of 2, he held the audience spellbound with such a powerful voice.
Then a change of scene for Jasmine, a young dancer who produced a very expressive act, and so hard to do in front of an audience.
Next came Iris and George who have previously performed together in public. Teenagers, they have performed at the Plough in Torrington and Holsworthy Youth Centre. A great – and beautifully unusual – voice/piano combo.
Then came what turned out to be the winning act, Zola. This young lady was an amazing singer/pianist with a rendition of Candi Staton’s Young hearts, Run Free, that I reckon beats the original hands down.
Another change of tempo for the ladies of GMC Choir who have played at many local events. They looked to be having a fabulous time, as did Bellylaughs, an eclectic dance troupe who were wiggling their way round the stage very nicely – and colourfully – thank you.
Katie Mead was another youngster performing solo. Another really strong vocalist with a great future ahead of her.
Yasmin Rowland has been an actress for 20 years in theatres and TV (Eastenders, Holby City, Jonathan Creek, etc) and she sure beat the film version of the Les Mis song.
Ant Sims calmed things down with his melodic singing and guitar (thanks Vicko for the “where’s Dec? comment) and was another impressively engaging voice.
Then came Alyssa Wint, who has been singing for three years and is keen on acting. More good things ahead for her. The confidence and talent of these youngsters is amazing (I was such a shrinking violet at that age, though it must be said I also had no talent!)
Finally, to Mark Rosser, who is heavily into swing, and has performed in public quite often. Brilliant entertainment from a true entertainer, Mark was runner-up. You can see Mark in the video. Happy to feature any others I receive.
Thanks to all involved for a truly great #BigUpBude evening. What a great talent showcase; here’s hoping there is more to come.
I’ll list locals who were involved in supporting the event in many different ways because it shows what an amazing community Bude is:
Zucchini Health, Broomhill Manor, Bude Sea Pool, Seventh Wave Gallery, Budehaven School, Bude Trophies, Made With Love Inc, Eight Strategic Marketing and Design, Ministry of Signs, Crowdfunder Cornwall, Jim Keir Music, Bude WI, Bude and Beyond, North Coast Wines, Bude Bikes, Bude JCP, Falcon Hotel, The Look Out and Sheep to Shore, Sasy & Savy UK, MD Web Design, Bude & Stratton Post, Morrisons, BBC Radio Cornwall, Fat Calf, The Wire Cornwall, Maria Smith, Virginia Zagnoiev, Oli Woods, Fay Hargreaves, Debbie Cousins, Dawn Robinson, Martyn Holehouse, Steve Lay, Jim Keir, Jonathan Stamp, Edward Chapman, Dave Pritchard, Yasmin Wilde, Rowena Hoseason, Rob Francis, Mark Tottill, Lynne Holehouse, Paula Dolphin, Peter Vickery, Paul Tilzey, Anna Worthington, Leeke Green, Alan Biggs, Phil Geraghty, Carolyn Webster, Lizzi Larbestier, and Tim Roberts.