Talented ‘wild cards’ with stars in their eyes

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A Preston seven-year-old singing a Disney smash, a girl group made up of Morecambe schoolfriends and a guitarist who is registered blind are all in with a chance of reaching a major talent show final.

They are among six ‘wild cards’ who could appear live on stage in Lancaster next month at the Furness Charity Stars contest.

Voters now have the chance to pick their two favourites from the six wild cards, who will then perform at the Grand Theatre event on February 21.

Each finalist has chosen a charity and will compete for a share of a £3,000 prize pot, with money going to their good causes.

Ciara Quinn, aged just seven, from Walton le Dale in Preston, is the youngest wild card entry and in her video performs ‘Frozen’ hit ‘Let it Go’.

The other wild cards are teenager Megan Stanford from Carnforth, Morecambe girl group Harmony, Steve Rayner of Morecambe representing Galloway’s Society for the Blind, David Monaghan from Heysham and Louisa Henshaw, 10, from Grimsargh near Preston.

Twelve finalists have already been picked, including Emmie Togneri from Morecambe, Faye Anna Bowness from Milnthorpe, Lyndsey Davies from Heysham, 74-year-old Ron Carey from Heysham, and Lancaster/Bolton-le-Sands duo Ella Jones and Lucy Leamy.

The competition is organised by Furness Building Society and the final will be hosted by The Bay radio breakfast show presenter Danny Matthews.

The finalists will compete for prizes of £1,000 for first place, £750 for second place, and £500 for third place, with £100 for each of the other finalists so that all of the charities represented on stage will benefit.

Voting for wild cards opens on Monday and the top two will be announced on January 28.

Go to www.furnessbs.co.uk/charitystars/ to vote.

Tickets to see the final are £5 each and available through Lancaster Grand Theatre box office on 01524 64695 or visit www.lancastergrand.co.uk