Music festival winners announced

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Winners of Pontefract Music Festival showcased their talents in a final evening concert at Central Methodist Church.

Megan Holch, from Pontefract, was named Young Musician of the Festival, which has been staged annually for more than 100 years in the town.

Ben Finlay, from Skipton, won the RB Walker Cup for Most Outstanding Open Solo as hundreds of young people took part in the event.

Charlotte Woodhead, from Wakefield Independent School, won the Muriel Shone Memorial Salver prize for Most Outstanding Under 16 Performance in Speech and Drama.

Pontefract Music Festival was founded in 1903.

It is the only competitive music and speech festival in the district organisers rely on volunteers and donations to stage the annual event.

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