James achieves Proms dream

James Edgar from Lytham, winner of Fylde's Got Talent 2014
James Edgar from Lytham, winner of Fylde's Got Talent 2014
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James Edgar was inspired to aim for a spot on the Lytham Proms Festival stage by a visit to the event last summer – now he is set to achieve his dream.

The 24-year-old singer-guitarist, from Lytham, clinched a place on the bill for this summer’s big musical highlight in his home town by winning the Fylde’s Got Talent competition at Lowther Pavilion.

It is not yet known which act James will be supporting – but with Sir Tom Jones, Michael Ball and a host of 90s acts James grew up listening to appearing on The Green over the three-day festival, the former Kirkham Grammar School student really has no particular preference.

“I am just so delighted to have won a chance the opportunity be part of the Proms,” said James, who has a law degree to his name, but works as a full-time musician, regularly performing around half a dozen gigs a week around the Fylde area.

“After university, I spent a year travelling the world with my girlfriend Sarah, and soon after we got back last summer, we went to watch the Rita Ora night at the Proms.

“I only live just up the road and always knew it was a big event, but it was only by actually being there that it really brought home to me just how big. The atmosphere was tremendous, and I knew then that I had to try and get involved, which is why I entered Fylde’s Got Talent.”

James emerged the winner from a field of 12 hopefuls at the Fylde’s Got Talent final, sponsored by the Progress Housing Group.

Along with the place on the Lytham Proms bill, he won £500, a website and photo shoot.

Peter Taylor, director at Cuffe and Taylor, said: “Yet again the Fylde delivered 12 fantastic finalists for this year’s Fylde’s Got Talent Final, giving the judges another difficult decision.

“We are delighted for James and cannot wait to see his performance at this year’s Lytham Proms.”