Shining Stars at the Crescent

STAR TURN...Frances Lundy, of Riada Resourcing joins Ellen Knox, winner of Junior Stars in Their Eyes 2010, for an afternoon in Portstewart ahead of this year's competition which kicks off on Wednesday, July 29. Cr27-219s
STAR TURN...Frances Lundy, of Riada Resourcing joins Ellen Knox, winner of Junior Stars in Their Eyes 2010, for an afternoon in Portstewart ahead of this year's competition which kicks off on Wednesday, July 29. Cr27-219s

COLERAINE Borough Council has announced the return of the exceptionally popular singing competition, Junior Stars in Your Eyes.

The annual competition is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the packed summer programme on the North Coast. This year all heats will be held at the Crescent in Portstewart, and will commence on Wednesday, July 20.

Talented youngsters from the borough and visitors to Portstewart will compete throughout this month and August for the coveted title of overall winner of Junior Stars in Your Eyes champion 2011.

This year there will be two age group categories for the competition, the four to nine year olds and the ten to fifteen year olds.

Compered by local celebrity Alan McClarty, each heat promises to provide a great afternoon’s entertainment for all the family.

Alan said: “I am continually amazed by the level of talent and enthusiasm shown by our young competitors. Each year I look forward to seeing past contestants coming back with new and improved performances. You can tell that they have been perfecting their act in anticipation for their big show.

“I am also eager to welcome new talent to the competition and look forward to seeing lots of new faces. So get your registration form in and get practising!”

Christine McKee, from the Events Team at Coleraine Borough Council, who organises the event each year, added, “It is encouraging to see the level of interest and the ‘buzz’ that the Junior Stars in Their Eyes event generates.

“The competition attracts a huge number of competitors and spectators to Portstewart every year. We have seen some exceptional talent and performances from local children, day visitors and holiday makers alike, and year on year children come back to experience the thrill of the competition.”

Frances Lundy of sponsors, Riada Resourcing, said: “Year on year I am so impressed by the level of talent on show and the amount of dedication and commitment these young people invest in their performances. I wish each and everyone one of them every success and I look forward to the competition.”

Competition heats are on Wednesday, July 20, 27 and August 3 and 10 with the grand final on August 17. Performances commence at 2.30pm each Wednesday. Each heat is always oversubscribed so it is advisable to enter well in advance.

Application forms are now available for entrant in the two age group categories, from the Tourist Information Office on 028 7034 4723, or online at www.northcoastni.com or by calling 028 7034 7234.