The city’s most talented stars were out in force at the grand final of Preston’s Got Talent.
The standard was so high that the panel of judges chose two winners on the night, who will both perform at Preston’s Christmas lights switch-on.
And it was also revealed that one talented youngster had won the star prize - to perform live on stage with Russell Watson in December.
The event was held at Rumes club in aid of the Katy Holmes Trust, in memory of the Penwortham schoolgirl who died from a brain tumour aged 10.
Katy’s mum Paula described the night as “absolutely brilliant”.
She said: “I never thought it would be as successful as it was. I can’t thank the contestants enough and all their families and friends who supported them.”
Among the panel of judges was charity patron Clarke Carlisle, who flew in from Moldova especially for the night.
Paula said: “It was really special that Clarke was there.
“It means so much to us that he made the effort to be there - he met Katy and has been a constant support to us all the way through.”
Clarke said he was delighted there were two winners on the night, adding: “There was some exceptional talent on show and we just didn’t want people to miss out.”
The winners were announced as 13-year-old Nina Fahey, and 11-year-old Connor Banks. Nina, from Chorley, sang a song she had written herself called I Would Give, and also played the keyboard.
She described the moment she was announced as the winner as “surreal”.
She said: “It felt incredible, I couldn’t believe it because there were so many fantastic acts.”
Nina will perform with Russell Watson at his Concert for Katy on December 6.
She said: “I was speechless, I still can’t stop smiling. I really can’t wait - I’m really nervous but really excited as well - hopefully I can pick up a few tips!”
Connor, from Little Hoole, sang Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s Everything has Changed, mixed with You Need Me by Ed Sheeran.
He also played guitar, and used a loop station which recorded the song as he sang, and played it back.
He said: “I felt really happy when they said my name. I was a little bit shocked because there were amazing people, so it was pretty awesome.”
Paula added: “We’ve got some big events coming up over the next year and we are in need of raffle prizes.”
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l For a video from the event see lep.co.uk