IT was an emotional evening at an annual Denstone talent show as a father-and-daughter duo took first prize.
The Denstone Factor, held at the JCB Lakeside Club, saw strong competition from acts ranging from singers to jugglers, as 41 contestants signed up to give it their all.
Organiser of the popular night Liz Ratcliffe said it would be her final year running the Denstone Factor, but next year a talent showcase could be on the cards.
She said: “It was a great night. We had 20 acts including gymnasts, piano players, vocalists, jugglers, ballet dancers and street dancers.
“The competition invites all ages to take part and our overall winners were nine-year-old Jessica Duckworth and her father Steve Duckworth.
“They performed on the grand piano and it was so beautiful it made me cry.
“We had young street dancers from Step 2 Dance, young adults singing and three pianists.
“This year we raised £600 for Rakemark Respite, it’s a natural choice for us being a local charity and Debbie my co-organiser volunteers there.
“There was some very strong competition and it’s a privilege to let people have a go on the grand piano.
“Next year we’re thinking of having a talent showcase running over two nights, it will be similar content but a different format.
“It’s important we hold these kinds of events as it’s what brings communities together.”
Geoff Merryweather, photographer for the Post and Times and guitarist and vocalist for The Foaming Pints, was asked to judge the event along with his wife Kate.
He said: “It was a great evening, with lots of variety.
“The winners performed one of my wife’s favourite songs from the Little Shop of Horrors, they were fantastic.
“As it was Debbie and Liz’s last year hosting the event, they did a finale dressed up in the Beatles Sargeant Pepper costumes which was a fitting send off.”