Young people prove Havering's got talent
PUBLISHED: 13:34 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 02 August 2016
The borough's 30 most talented young people under 30 have been honoured at an award ceremony.
Havering Talented 30, sponsored by Havering Council, helps young people develop and enhance their skills and performance by awarding each of them a £200 grant.
They were presented with awards by the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Philippa Crowder, at the myplace centre in Harold Hill.
The scheme recognises the gifts of youngsters in a variety of cultural activities, including art, dance, music and sports.
This year’s winners included Amy Marren, a 17-year-old who will represent Team GB at the 2016 Rio Paralympics later this year, and Reading FC Women footballer Molly Bartrip.
Other winners included ballerina Heidi Whiting, drama student Oscar Spencer and dancer Lewis Reid, who performed a routine at the awards.
The scheme was established in 2008 in the run up to London 2012 and now continues as an Olympic legacy programme.
Cllr Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering presented the awards, assisted by her consort Cllr John Crowder.
She said: “I’m amazed by the amount of talent we have in Havering.
“Our young people in the borough are extremely talented and so ambitious.
“They are a great asset to the community and I must give credit to their families who put in extra hours to ensure the children achieve their goals. “The performances on the evening were of a high standard and I thoroughly enjoyed the night.”