Pop stars join with talented pupils for Red Nose fundraiser

ALL SMILES Same Difference Sarah Smith (left) and Sean Smith (right) with the winning act (l-r) Hollie Harris, Sarah Collier and Hope Elsley.    Picture: Sarah Standing (110976-9968)
ALL SMILES Same Difference Sarah Smith (left) and Sean Smith (right) with the winning act (l-r) Hollie Harris, Sarah Collier and Hope Elsley. Picture: Sarah Standing (110976-9968)
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TO SCREAMS of delight from the audience, home-grown pop stars Same Difference took to the judging panel of a very special talent show.

But it wasn’t X Factor, it was Park Factor, at Park Community School, in aid of Comic Relief.

BIG CROWD Youngsters at Park Community School

BIG CROWD Youngsters at Park Community School

Sean and Sarah Smith, from Widley, were invited along to the school to judge the weird and wonderful performances from pupils at the Leigh Park School.

The 10 acts amazed the brother and sister duo who said they were stunned by the level of talent on display at the school.

Sarah, 22, said: ‘Every act has been absolutely brilliant. We have performed at this school before and it takes a lot of guts to get up there, especially in front of your friends. It’s nerve-racking to have all those faces looking up at you so, knowing what they have all gone through, they’ve been amazing.’

There were dancers, drummers, singers and Year Seven pupil Michael Envy even roped in two teachers to help him to a belly dance in the true spirit of Comic Relief.

But Hollie Harris, Sarah Collier and Hope Elsey stole the show with their rendition of Adele’s Someone Like You.

The 15-year-old Year 10 pupils had the audience swaying to the music and said they hope that their next audience will be millions-strong.

Hollie said: ‘I think we’re still in shock. I can’t believe we won. I only suggested entering for a laugh and then Sarah and Hope took it seriously. We started practising about three weeks ago.

‘We’ve already put a CD together of us singing our favourite songs. I’d love to go on the X Factor, I think we’re definitely going to audition.’

The biggest applause came for teacher Simon Blay who entered the contest with an acoustic version of Cheryl Cole’s Fight For This Love.

The talent show was just one of the events held in aid of Red Nose Day. Teachers turned the rule book on its head by allowing pupils to wear their own clothes while they came in in school uniform.

Meanwhile, Year 11 pupils were treated to a stand up comedy workshop in the school’s amphitheatre.

‘But there was a serious message to the day’s fun. Film clips of children in need from across the UK and the rest of the world were shown to pupils.

Organiser Sarah Baker said: ‘It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully we’ve raised a lot of money.’