Youth concert proves a hit and raises cash for charities

Amber Rudd pictured with performers at St Mary-in-the-Castle.

Amber Rudd pictured with performers at St Mary-in-the-Castle.

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TALENTED teenagers put on a charity concert at St Mary-in-the-Castle, wowing audiences.

Members from Respond Academy performed Tha’ Fund Raisa’, raising hundreds of pounds for local good causes.

There were live performances from ballad songs, acoustic and rap, including Mr Mikul’s rendition of Mack The Knife, which was made famous by Louis Armstrong.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd was among the audience.

She said: “It was wonderful to see so many talented young people performing in Hastings. I am a huge admirer of the effort and enthusiasm that Respond Academy conveys to our young people.”

JC Mcfee, from Respond Academy, said: “Our members would like to say a massive thank you to Amber for her time, effort and commitment on Friday July at our fundraising event. The fact that the local MP opened the event and stayed for two whole hours did not go unnoticed by the various performers.

“Amber also took time to talk to the artists about their performances and congratulate those who recently gained their Silver Arts Award.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the adult volunteers who gave their time and to the St Mary-in-the-Castle team, including the sound technician, who are always able to remain flexible while working with young artists.”