Stars shine at Clitheroe’s ‘The Grabbys’ awards ceremony

Grab 2013 winner Lizzie Burgess with Steven Lancaster (left) and Gordon Smith and Ian Joyce from Clitheroe Lions, who sponsored the event.  Photo: Kristien Cooper
Grab 2013 winner Lizzie Burgess with Steven Lancaster (left) and Gordon Smith and Ian Joyce from Clitheroe Lions, who sponsored the event. Photo: Kristien Cooper
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Ribble Valley high schools staged their very own junior “Grammys” ceremony in front of an enthusiastic audience at Clitheroe’s state-of-the-art venue The Grand.

The glittering awards evening – dubbed “The Grabbys” – showcased last month’s inter-school talent show, Grab 2013, featuring children from St Augustine’s RC High School, Bowland High School, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Ribblesdale High School.

Beth Ferguson (13) performing at The Grabbys 2013.  Photo: Kristien Cooper

Beth Ferguson (13) performing at The Grabbys 2013. Photo: Kristien Cooper

Steven Lancaster, director of The Grand, said: “Once again, we were blown away by the wealth of talent in the secondary schools of the Ribble Valley. The Grabby’s is a nice way of looking back and celebrating what these amazing children have achieved.”

Pianist Lizzie Burgess returned to play two of her own songs – including “Packed Every Box In My Room” – that saw her crowned 2013 Grab champion.

“I get inspiration for my music in all different ways,” said Lizzie, who attends St Augustine’s, Billington. “I was in my English class at school last week and we were reading Macbeth and suddenly an idea for a song came to me. Songwriting is very spontaneous and I’ve enough songs for an album now.”

Lizzie’s schoolmate, 12-year-old Tom Muldoon, sang a beautiful cover version of Michael Jackson’s “You’re Not Alone” while guitarist Beth Ferguson (13) from Bowland High School wowed the sellout crowd with her own song “Behind You”.

Beth said: “I’ve met many new friends taking part in Grab and it was a great experience.”

The children were presented with certificates to mark their achievements and Ian Joyce, from Clitheroe Lions, who sponsored The Grabby’s, said: “It was a privilege to see these incredible children perform and to see the depth of young talent we have in the Ribble Valley.”

Steven Lancaster spoke passionately about the work of The Grand’s Solomon Project, named after his four-year-old son Solomon, which helps to provide school meals for poor children in Africa. Parkinson’s UK and The Stroke Association will also benefit from money raised from Grab.

As well as Clitheroe Lions, who sponsored The Grabbys awards night, The Grand would like to thank Party People, of Moor Lane, Clitheroe, and Family Care Associates and Santander for their sponsorship of the Grab event.