Leeds combined authority staff gear up for Red Nose Day talent show

The hidden talents of civic staff could be revealed as they gear up to perform in aid of this year's Red Nose Day.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 1:04 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:45 am
Staff at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Wellington Street, Leeds. are doing Talent Show for Comic Relief..2nd March 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

A stage will be set up at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority offices in Wellington Street on Friday, March 24 ready for bagpipes, singers, rap poets and an impersonator of X Factor contestant Honey G.

Talent show organiser, HR assistant Nora Fraser, said: “The office is really excited for the show and we’ve got some brilliant performers lined up already – and even have our own version of Tess Daley as compere.

“The whole event is to raise money by having a bit of fun and making people laugh.

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“We went on the basis that everyone has a hidden talent but we had no idea how true it could be until people started signing up to take part.

“We have a bagpiper, a martial arts specialist, an impressionist, a majorette and a rap poet in our midst.

“We did consider judges with buzzers, but we thought that would definitely put people off.

“Everyone has been really enthusiastic and excited so I’m sure it will be a lot of fun.”

The mum-of-one added: “It’s also really healthy in terms of motivating people and bringing them together.”

She also said that as a parent she is always “incredibly moved” by Red Nose Day.

A PA system will be put up in the authority’s committee room between 12.30pm-1.30pm.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together the public sector in the form of five districts in the region as well as York, and the business sector through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.