Awards night at The Grand after Ribble Valley talent show

From the left, Steven Lancaster, Ian Joyce of Clitheroe Lions, GRAB event winner Karen Wilkinson and Brian Cushing, of Clitheroe Lions.
From the left, Steven Lancaster, Ian Joyce of Clitheroe Lions, GRAB event winner Karen Wilkinson and Brian Cushing, of Clitheroe Lions.
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BRINGING the curtain down on another triumphant GRAB event, The Grand in Clitheroe held a special awards night to mark the achievements of Ribble Valley young people.

GRAB is charity talent show involving participants from, and deriving its name from, the area’s four high schools – Grammar, Ribblesdale, Augustine’s, Bowland. It took place over three successive Friday nights at The Grand after schools had held their own separate talent show heats.

Sponsored by the Clitheroe Lions, “The Grabbys” emulated a Grammy’s style ceremony, complete with bespoke glass trophies and a magic balloon decoration courtesy of The Party People, of Moor Lane.

The event presented an opportunity for many people to see the GRAB finalists perform who had not been able to attend the sellout finals night. It also rewarded the talented young people who wowed audiences with their singing and dancing performances.

Each finalist was presented with an individual optical crystal trophy. They were Karen Wilkinson (St Augustine’s), Ella Shaw (St Augustine’s), Shannon Bond (Ribblesdale), Callum Shaw (Bowland), Paul Bell (St Augustine’s), Claudia Maybury (Bowland), Kelsey Gill (Bowland), Ellie Humberstone and Ella Wolfenden (CRGS).

The awards night also recognised the valuable contribution of members of The Grand’s schools’ youth forum, who steered the GRAB event and helped put the production together.

Four forum members, one from each school, received special award trophies for their outstanding contribution to the event. They were Harry Fearnley-Brown (Ribblesdale), Lydia Cooke (St Augustine’s), Ella Blackburn (Bowland) and Adam McMeekin (CRGS).

Proceeds raised on the night went to GRAB’s chosen charities, The Solomon Project, The MS Society and The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Grand’s Excutive Director Steven Lancaster said: “It was a very successful event and we are especially thankful to the Clitheroe Lions who have committed to repeat their kind sponsorship of the event next year. Also a big thank you to Party People for their kind donation of a stunning ‘magic balloon’ decoration to the venue.”