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  • Artz Centre’s creative youngsters celebrated at glittering occasion

    Henry James

    THE Artz Centre in Birch Green has celebrated its 6th Annual Awards Night with a star-studded event held at the DW Stadium in Wigan.

    The evening saw some of the town’s most creative young people being recognised for their talents and achievements of 2017, across a variety of Oscars-style award categories and concluding with the coveted Artz Student of the Year accolades.

    This year they were won by Joe Howard and Abi Meadows for the senior and junior categories respectively.

    Officials of the organisation declared the night a roaring success, with more than 120 Artz Academy students in attendance, accompanied by their extremely proud parents, guardians and families.

    The event was also graced by two guest speakers, former Royal Marine Brigadier and Deputy Task Force Manager for the Ministry of Defence, Ian Huntley; and the Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Neil Furey.

    In an emotive speech, Ian Huntley spoke highly of the positive attitudes of the young people attending the centre, commenting on the youngsters’ commitment to their Artz values - to aim high, work hard, take pride, respect and be themselves.

    He thanked the Artz Centre for his invitation and added: “I left reminded that the world is full of good people who, with a bit of guidance and leadership, can be truly remarkable.”

    Cllr. Furey also extended his thanks to the Artz Centre, congratulating the team and young people on the success of the evening and commenting: “I had a great time celebrating your fantastic work, 2018 looks like another busy year!”

    The Awards Night also offered an exciting insight into what is to come for the Artz Centre this year.

    The arts-based community interest company already have 16 productions set for 2018, alongside the launch of an exciting new ‘Artz Education’ project which will offer students the opportunity to work towards RFL (Rock School Limited) and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) official graded examinations in musical theatre and the performing arts.

    The Artz Centre has also recently established a new partnership with West Lancashire College, to deliver a brand new Artz for Adults group, set to start in March.

    Artz Centre director, Mark Ashton said: “The evening was a great example of what can be achieved if we continue to aim high. I would like to pay tribute to the amazing team of professionals and volunteers who continue to make these opportunities possible.

    “We have an exciting year ahead which everyone is very much looking forward to. As ‘the arts’ continues to suffer in many other areas due to a lack of funding and innovation, the Skelmersdale arts scene continues to flourish and for that we are very proud.”

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