Guardian talent show is all ‘sold out’

Alfie Ashall is taking part in the Chorley Guardian talent show
Alfie Ashall is taking part in the Chorley Guardian talent show

The ‘sold out’ sign has gone up for a star-studded talent show in aid of Chorley twins born with Down’s Syndrome.

Chorley Little Theatre will be hosting the show on December 21 as part of the paper’s 140th birthday celebrations.

Liberty X singer Kevin Simm and Chorley’s singing soldier JonJo Kerr, who found fame on X Factor, will be taking part.

The other acts taking part are Francesca Leigh, Jay-Em Studio; singer Kingsley Judd; Fame Factor winner Amy Sumner; teenage singing senstaion Katy Cottrell; nine-year-old dancer Alfie Ashall; Southlands High School; Albany Science College; Parklands High School; and some of the performers in the Chritsmas panto at Chorley Little Theatre.

All the proceeds will go to the Twincess Campaign, which was set up after Chorley twin girls Abigail and Isobel Parry were born with Down’s Syndrome.

The money from the Twincess Campaign will be split between paying for the ongoing development needs of the youngsters, and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Abigail and Isobel’s dad Matthew said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.

New dad Kevin Simm, from Leyland, said he was really looking forward to getting involved.

He said: “The first time I sang at Chorley Little Theatre was when I was 16 and I’m now 31.

“I’ve been down a couple of times since – the last one to see my sister Rachel perform.

“It’s going to be great. I became a dad for the first time five weeks ago so I know what a great cause it is.”

JonJo Kerr, who has been busy with his X Factor commitments, said he couldn’t wait to perform at Chorley Little Theatre for the first time.

The father-of-two said: “It will be great to sing in front of a Chorley audience and say thankyou for all the support they have shown me.”

Another performer who can’t wait to take to the stage is Amy Sumner.

The Manchester Metropolitan University student is 21 on December 10 and is studying popular music with the view of becoming a singer/songwriter.

She said: “The last time I performed at Chorley Little Theatre was in Cinderella in 2009.

“I’m ecstatic to be singing in my home town and doing sonething helpful and useful.”

Shopkeeper Malcolm Allen has donated a £200 rocking horse so it can be raffled off on the night. Chorley’s newest restaurant – Cosmopolitan Restaurant in St Georges Street – has pledged a £25 voucher for the raffle.

Mr Allen said he’s been amazed at the response for tickets and anyone calling now was going on a reserve list in case any last-minute tickets became available.

Chorley Building Society is sponsoring the show.