West Lothian’s Grapevine Twinning Association held the second annual talent contest for entries representing all 11 of the area’s secondary schools in the marquee at Linlithgow Rugby Club on the evening of Saturday, June 13.
A wide variety of acts, one from each school, performed in front of a full and highly appreciative audience.
Bathgate Academy’s entry of a vocal duet with guitar and percussion comprising Aiden McCusker and Lewis Watt won the first prize of £1000 for their school funds by performing a “Hold Back the River/Clocks Go Forward” mash by James Bay.
The other acts taking part were: St Kentigern’s Academy – soloist Dylan Fraser; Broxburn Academy – a vocal duet by Heather Hilditch and Emily Wishart; St Margaret’s Academy – soloist Sophie Kruz playing her own composition on the veena (south Indian lute;, Linlithgow Academy – keyboard and vocals from Mathew Callaghan and Christopher Haggarty; Whitburn Academy – Martin Cooper, Iain Meek and Ross Neilly on two guitars and drums; Inveralmond Community High School – a vocal group of Megan Temple, Chloe Burrell, Megan Black and Julia Kielbiowska; West Calder High School – singer/songwriter Declan Milne; Armadale Academy – a drama group of Rebecca McComb, Hazel Clelland and Emma Allerdice; James Young High School – soloist Chloe Gaffney; Deans Community High School – a vocal duet by Rebecca Pennykid and Ashleigh Black.
Twinning Association chairman Councillor Harry Cartmill announced the winner and the prize of a £1000 cheque for Bathgate Academy was presented to Aiden and Lewis by Moira Niven, deputy chief executive of West Lothian Council with responsibility for education, who congratulated all entries on the high standard achieved.