Pontefract’s got talent, says squash star

james wilstrop and malcolm wilstrop

james wilstrop and malcolm wilstrop

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The world’s number one squash player has held court with a different kind of talent.

The world’s number one squash player has held court with a different kind of talent.

Racquet star James Wilstrop, who trains at Pontefract Squash Club, and his dad and coach Malcolm were the guests of honour at a event showcasing the artistic skills of 200 schoolchildren.

The duo were invited by Pontefract Education Trust (PET) who put on the show at Carleton Community High School on Tuesday, July 14.

The event featured a variety of acts from singing and dancing to drama. It featured 11 schools in Pontefract’s Got Talent style show.

Organiser Louise Limbert, of the PET said: “We had pre-show hiccups, but all the performances on the night were faultless. We really do have the most amazing children in Pontefract, with wonderful talents that should be and were celebrated.

After the dazzling performances, squash star James Wilsrtop shared his experience of performing in front of a live crowd with the youngsters. He said: “It is great to feel the heartbeat of a live audience and to hear their reactions. Both myself and Malcolm thought how lucky you all are to be able to perform in a wonderful theatre with such a large audience.”

The initiative was instigated through the Pontefract Education Trust staff and head teachers,

They felt it was important to show the children, parents, staff and governors how working together as a trust can raise aspirations and achievements locally.

The 11 schools involved were Carelton Park J&I, Carleton Community High School, Cobblers Lane Primary, Halfpenny Lane J&I, Holy Family & St Michael’s Catholic Primary, The King’s School, Larkshill J& I,

Orchard Head, Pontefract DeLacy J&I School, The Rookeries J&I and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary (VA) School.