Crowds of shoppers were entertained at The Martlets Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill on Saturday 6th December as the centre held its first ever Christmas Carol Competition.
Following on from the success of the Search for a Star Talent Competition that was held at the centre earlier this year, the centre hosted the festive singing contest which invited local residents to take part in a bid to win £250!
The Sheddingdean Community Gospel Choir kicked off the celebrations with a variety of seasonal tunes to get the visitors to the centre in the Christmas mood.
Following their performance, a selection of other local acts performed to shoppers with classics such as ‘White Christmas’, ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’ for their chance to win the cash prize.
The winner of the competition, Joshua Gander age 12 who performed the well – known ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’, was no stranger to performing to the shoppers of Burgess Hill, as he was a contestant in the centre’s summer talent competition in which he achieved second place.
It was Joshua’s entertaining performance and determination that saw him win the competition.
The competition was judged by Centre Manager, Ian Goodridge, Centre Administrator Debbie Rathbone and The Town Mayor of Burgess Hill, Anne Jones, who said:
“I was blown away by the extraordinary talent that Burgess Hill has to offer. All the performances were superb and I would like to congratulate everyone that took part. Joshua’s performance was very entertaining and you could tell he had worked very hard on his act.”
Joshua, commented:“I have been practising for weeks to make sure that my routine was perfect and I am so happy that I have won, I just can’t believe it!
“I’m not sure what I’m going to spend the money on but I am definitely going to buy lots of chocolate for Christmas! Thank you so much to The Martlets Shopping Centre for picking me.”
Ian Goodridge, Centre Manager of The Martlets Shopping Centre, added: “A huge congratulations to Joshua. We were very impressed by his performance earlier in the year and even more so this time round.
“I would like to thank everyone that took part and also wish our shoppers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.”
Report and picture contributed by PMW Communications.