Talented residents take to the stage as Ophelia sings her way to victory

Brighouse Has Talent Grand Final at Brighouse Civic Hall. All the finalists, from the left, Jade Maguire, Grace Tordoff, Guy Walker, Ophelia Ormerod, Once Geronimo - Ellie Hickson and Becky Allingham, Eliza McCann, Donnie Catlin, Andrew Hawley and Dionne Pamment.
Brighouse Has Talent Grand Final at Brighouse Civic Hall. All the finalists, from the left, Jade Maguire, Grace Tordoff, Guy Walker, Ophelia Ormerod, Once Geronimo - Ellie Hickson and Becky Allingham, Eliza McCann, Donnie Catlin, Andrew Hawley and Dionne Pamment.

Singer Ophelia Ormerod sang her way to victory in the grand final of the Brighouse Echo presents Brighouse Has Talent.

Many people gathered at Brighouse Civic Hall on Monday night for the final, which saw the top nine acts in our talent competition perform a new routine.

Ophelia wowed the judges and the audience with her performance of the smash hit song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen.

The 11-year-old topped the polls on the night and was crowned our Brighouse Has Talent champion.

She said she was overwhelmed at being top of both the judges’ scores and the audience vote.

“It feels really good to have won,” she said.

“I started musical theatre when I was three and found a love for singing ever since.

“I decided to perform ‘Let It Go’ because everybody knows the song and thought it would be nice to get into the festive spirit.”

Mum Rachel Ormerod, who alongside grandad John Bentley was in the audience to support Ophelia, said she was “very proud of her little girl”.

Ophelia received the Brighouse Has Talent trophy, along with a £100 cash prize.

More than 120 people attended the grand final as proud families, friends and members of the public came along to cheer on their favourite acts.

Seven-year-old Donnie Catlin was the runner-up. He performed a song and dance routine to the Olly Murs track “Wrapped Up”.

Third place went to Bailiff Bridge based girl band Once Geronimo

Brighouse Echo news editor Dominic Brown, who was on the judging panel with Debbie Story, of sponsors Sleigh & Story, and special guest Rachel Crisp, said: “It was a fantastic evening full of great performances from all the finalists - a brilliant end to the competition.

“Congratulations to Ophelia. I think everyone who was at the Civic Hall on Monday night will agree we’ve found a star of the future.”

Dominic also thanked everyone who has been involved in the project.

“It’s been a great team effort,” he said.

“The competition wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our Brighouse Has Talent sponsors - Lattitude7, Bricks4Kidz and Sleigh & Story - volunteers from Brighouse Business Initiative; staff at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre and Brighouse Civic Hall for accommodating us for the auditions and the grand final; our fantastic photographer and cameraman Jim Fitton; and my colleagues on the Brighouse Echo for all their hard work.

“Thanks also to my fellow judges Debbie Story and Rachel Crisp, who travelled up from Birmingham especially for the grand final; our compere Peter Sleigh; and volunteers from Brighouse Theatre Productions for their help with lighting.

“And finally, thank you to all the acts who entered the competition.

“It’s been great to see so many talented people and shine a spotlight on what Brighouse has to offer.”