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Monday, 7 August 2017



Do you have a talent? Are you aged 18 or under? Then you could be South Shields next summer star!

Over the years, young people who have performed at The Customs House have gone on to win The X Factor (Joe McElderry and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall), Britain’s Got Talent (Collabro’s Jamie Lambert) and grace the West End stage.

Now the Customs House are on the lookout for the next big thing.

Their Search for a Summer Star starts with open auditions on Monday, August 14, and Tuesday, August 15, from 10am until 4pm, at The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “At The Customs House we love to nurture the next generation of talent and this is another opportunity for young people to have their moment in the spotlight.
“We are looking to attract performers with a wide range of skills, from singers and dancers to comedians, magicians, actors, musicians and acrobats.” 

The semi-finals will then take place in front of a live audience at The Customs House on Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18, at 7pm.
The grand final will take place on Saturday, August 19, at 7pm.

The winner will walk away with a £500 London break, sponsored by Westoe Travel in South Shields, and time in a recording studio, courtesy of The CustomSpace in South Shields.

Graeme Brett, owner of Westoe Travel,
which is sponsoring Search for a Summer Star,
with a waxwork of TV talent show judge Simon Cowell.
Westoe Travel owner Graeme Brett, who will be channelling his inner Simon Cowell as one of the judges, said: “I am ready to be overwhelmed by the talent that we have in the local area. We are delighted to be supporting this competition as so many young people have succeeded in the entertainment industry from South Shields in the past and there are many others who I’m sure would love the opportunity.” 

Entry to the competition is free. To book an audition slot, e-mail

All entrants must be available for one semi-final and the grand final.

Tickets for the semi-final and grand final are priced from £10 and are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at

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