Dagenham’s Got Talent

A 12 year-old pianist who performed at a Paralympic closing ceremony party was crowned one of the winners of a Britain’s Got Talent type contest at the weekend.

Ishita Saxena scooped the junior prize of Dagenham’s Got Talent with a rendition of Adele’s Turning Tables, while choir singer Ugo Isodu, 36, won in the senior category at Dagenham Library.

Barking and Dagenham performers battled it out in heats before taking part in the final at the Heathway library on Saturday.

Ishita attended Northbury Junior School in Barking but moved to Essex with her family last month as she goes to Colchester County High School for Girls.

She has performed extensively in Barking and Dagenham including the Bandstand Marathon in Barking Park to mark the closure of the Paralympics in September.

Her proud mum Priya, 38, said: “It was fantastic. She wasn’t nervous. She has a confident voice and lovely vocals.

“I enjoyed it and the judges loved it. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

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