Katy, 16, wins final of singing contest

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Talented singers raised the roof in the grand final of talent show The Voice Of Chorley.

More than 250 people packed into Living Waters Church, on Bolton Street, Chorley, on Saturday evening to see 10 singers battle it out on stage.

Katy Cottrell was named as the winner

Katy Cottrell was named as the winner

The first performance came from Chorley’s X Factor star, Jonjo Kerr, who opened the show before taking his seat on the judging panel.

He was joined by Coun Matthew Crow, Judith Barton, a worship leader at the church, and two representatives from White Bear Studios.

The 10 singers performed for the judges and the audience, which included the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and his wife, Margaret.

It was then time for the judges to make the tough decision of who should be crowned The Voice Of Chorley.

The winner was 16-year-old Katy Cottrell, from Cuerden, followed by Holly Anderton, 18, in second and Amy Lovae, 32, in third.

The talent show was organised by Chorley’s food bank, Living Waters Storehouse, which is based at the church, and raised around £2,500.

The money will be used to ensure the food bank can continue to help families in need around the borough.

Carol Halton, food bank co-ordinator, said: “It was so good.

“The acts were all amazing.

“The judges had a job to decide who did win – it was so difficult.

“Everybody that came said they had an amazing night out.”

The competition proved to be such a hit that it looks set to return.

Carol said: “We are looking to do it again next year because it was such a success.

“We haven’t had one negative comment and we think it might be worthwhile making it a yearly thing.”

She thanked Chorley Community Housing for providing a grant and Jonjo Kerr for his involvement in the event.