Friday, 14th December saw our fourth Mother of God’s got Talent competition in aid of St Vincent’s Furniture Store, Sheffield, and what a fantastic night it was.

  With our guest announcer, Holly Willoughby aka David Healy, the evening got off to a hilarious start!

  Little Ant and Dec (or not so Little Ant and Dec these days), Nick and Sean Hardwick, introduced our judges.  Once again Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards and His Honour Michael Murphy QC had agreed to come along and be two thirds of our judging panel.  We were over the moon that Sister Linda Pergeta, who is a Daughter of Divine Charity and is based at St Joseph’s Convent in Chesterfield, agreed to be our third judge.  You may remember Sister Linda from the channel 5 reality series, ‘Bad Habits, Holy Orders’.  We were indeed lucky to have her.

The judges, the winners, Dan, Jeremy and Ant, with Little Ant and Dec and Lorraine Healy

  Nine acts took part, ages ranging from 9 years old to 80 years old.  We had singers, musicians, a plate spinner, comedians and Father Kilgannon on his tin whistle.  Our final act appearing for one night and one night only was our own Donna and the Dynamos.

  Before the placings were announced Tom Wall, our first ever winner of Mother of God’s Got Talent, entertained us with a couple of songs, playing his guitar, singing, playing his mouth organ and tapping his feet with bells attached, such a multi-talented young man.

  Third place went to Luca, a 9 year old comedian, of whom Paulette Edwards said she would look out for on the stage in years to come.

  Joint second, was Edward our plate spinner, who was also terrific with the one liners; when asked where he learnt to spin the plates by Mike Murphy, his reply was “at plate spinning classes” where else?  Our other act finishing in Second was Dylan and Will.  They performed a ‘mash up’ of Christmas songs, their dancing was also something to behold.

  Our overall winners were Jeremy, Ant and Dan, a group who sang and played guitars and a banjo.  Their rendition of King of the Swingers was fantastic.

  The evening finished with all the acts returning to the stage along with Little Ant and Dec and the judges to sing ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’.

The judges and contestants sing ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’

  Special thanks to all our acts for taking part and helping to make the evening such a wonderful, entertaining occasion.

  As always thank you to Father Kilgannon for the use of the Parish Centre.  Also thanks to our judges, Little Ant and Dec, David Healy, Tom Wall and an extra special thanks to Jim Hogan, our sound and lighting man, for his expertise, use of his equipment and making sure everything ran so smoothly on the evening.

  The combined efforts, talents and skills of all these people resulted in the magnificent sum of £1113.40 being raised for St Vincent’s Furniture Store.

Lorraine Healy, SVP Furniture Store, Sheffield