Fantastic event showcasing young talent

Four-year-old Summer Kent who won Division Queen
Four-year-old Summer Kent who won Division Queen
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Tammy Kent describes the talents on show at a special charity event held at St Vincent College, Gosport

Princesses and queens, princes and a king as well as the Mayor and the Mayoress of Gosport were all at the newly-refurbished Jervis Gallery at St Vincent College on Saturday.

Johnny and Charlie Reilly run Square Pegs Round Holes – a Gosport based charity helping children who just don’t seem to fit in.

They raise money and give away holidays in their beautiful caravan at Bunn Leisure Holiday Park in Selsey.

Their most recent fundraising idea was a beauty pageant and talent show, which was held in Gosport but people came from as far away as Kent with their children.

Hair straightening, hair curling, hair spray and make- up were a big part of the day.

Everyone was so well mannered and loved posing for Tom Barnett the photographer.

As well as diamonds and sparkles, feathers and bows there were footballers, scootering devils, Alice in Wonderland, tennis players and even a little Jack Skeleton from Nightmare before Christmas.

My daughter Summer made her entrance as a funky little DJ with headphones and leg warmers but it was all too much for her so I ended up dancing with her on stage to relax her. She won Division Queen and best smile for her age category.

My seven-year-old son Jayden got up on the stage and did his own version of minion dancing and had everyone clapping along, winning Division Prince.

There was also a talent show where we saw ballet dancers, hula hoppers, dancers and singers. The prize was awarded to my daughter Lacey-Love after her lovely rendition of Adele’s To Make You Feel My Love in memory of her grandma.

She was awarded first place by Cllr Keith and June Farr and received a sash, a huge hamper and a holiday to Johnny and Charlie Reilly’s caravan at Bunn Leisure Holiday Park.

The runner-up was Lucy Young, 5, who sang Part Of This World from the Little Mermaid, and won mini grand supreme and director’s choice.

Clare Hunter, Lucy’s mum said: ‘It was a fantastic day and great to see that Gosport had so much young talent. I am so very proud of Lucy and what she has overcome. Here’s to everyone’s bright futures.’

Money was also raised by holding a raffle with lots of prizes including an electric car. I hope that Johnny and Charlie decide to put on another pageant and raise more money for their worthy charity.