Celebrity backed Burnley's Got Talent set for weekend launch

Burnley's Got Talent, one of the town's biggest events since the start of the Covid 19 lockdown, launches tomorrow night.
Celebrity backed Burnley's Got Talent launches tomorrowCelebrity backed Burnley's Got Talent launches tomorrow
Celebrity backed Burnley's Got Talent launches tomorrow

And with 64 people signed up to take part and £1,891 raised for the NHS, the event is already a runaway success.

The idea of best pals Shelly Heap and Justine Lorriman, the duo set up a group on facebook which now has almost 5,000 members.

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And they will all be tuning in online tomorrow night when every contestant, who is being asked to pay £5 to enter, will be asked to post their video onto the Burnley's Got Talent facebook page.

The top 20 with the most likes will go through to the next round followed the top 10 in the third round and the top five in the final.

And, along with £200 prize money, the winner will also get the chance to perform at Burnley Live music festival later this year.

Video messages asking people to support the contest and donate to the fund for the East Lancashire Health Trust have been sent from Burnley's cricketing legend James Anderson and Alastair Campbell, a well known Clarets fan and former press secretary to Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair who even serenaded Burnley folk by playing the bagpipes.

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Legendary DJ Judge Jules, former Burnley FC player Andy Payton England women's footballer Rachel Brown-Finnis, Lancashire and England cricketer Alex Hartley and Celebrity Big Brother star Keiran Lee who lives in Burnley have also backed the competition.

Last night local DJ Kev Riley went live on facebook, under the banner of the Royal Dyche where Justine is landlady and he went down a storm, raising £260 in donations. Tonight Remedy nightspot DJ Gaz Ali will be at the decks to get everyone in a celebratory mood for tomorrow's launch.


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