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Young talent excited by Pride of St Helens awards
9:58am Monday 13th August 2012 in News
THE Pride of St Helens Awards night is set to be an evening which won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
The event, which is being organised by the Steve Prescott Foundation, takes place at Langtree Park on Friday, October 12, and is hotting up as nominations for the 11 categories come flooding in.
Secretary of the foundation, Martin Blondel, said: “It was Steve’s wish that we started the Pride of St Helens – he was sick and tired of all the negativity surrounding the town.
“There’s a lot of great people who do tremendously inspirational things in St Helens, and it was about time we highlighted the good in the town.”
Martin, who is organising the award night, has recruited a host of local talent to ensure the evening is extra special.
Tom Loughlin, the son of former Saints and Great Britain player Paul, is on the bill for the event, lending his superb tenor voice.
Tom said: “My dad asked me did I want to get involved with the event, and I couldn’t say no. I want to make St Helens proud, and I the evening will show the talent in the town.”
Tom’s performance at Armed Forces Day was very moving, and the Pride of St Helens Award night will be another showcase for his outstanding vocal ability.
Also lined up for the evening is Britain’s top Beatles tribute act, the Backbeat Beatles.
Chris O’Neill, who originally played George Harrison in the BAFTA award Beatles film Backbeat, is yet another another example of local talent.
Chris said: “I feel privileged to be playing at the Pride of St Helens. I met Steve briefly a few months ago while I was playing elsewhere and was blown away by his stamina.
“I’ve heard about the things he’s been doing like taking part in a marathon – I think if I gave it a go it would kill me!
“I was very impressed by the work Steve has done and after I’d spoken to him about the foundation he asked me and the guys to help out, so we’re really looking forward to playing on the night.”
Nostalgia era singer, Heather Marie McHale, is also appearing on the night, performing her soulful 40s and 50s Wartime Tribute act.
She said: “Martin asked me would I like to be involved and I jumped at the chance. I love supporting my hometown and performing here.
“It’s a fantastic idea to honour people who have done something the town can be proud of. It’s not been done before, so it’s great that those individuals are getting recognition for their great work.”
Martin added: “The event is all about finding out about the individuals or the companies or the organisations which do not get the recognition they deserve.
“Since we’ve announced the Pride of St Helens Awards we’ve been inundated with nominations. There’s been some staggering achievements. It’s going to be event all of St Helens can be proud of.”
To nominate someone visit prideofsthelens.co.uk or call in at the St Helens Star office to fill out a nomination form.