Umbreen and Alicia, both in Year 9 at Blackburn Central High School, were awarded ‘runners up’ in the very prestigious Commonwealth Voices Live Grand Final held at the Dunkenhalgh on Wednesday night.
The event was attended by the ‘great and good’ of Lancashire, including civic and business leaders from across the county.
Alicia and Umbreen were shortlisted from entrants across schools in Lancashire and performed live alongside other finalists from Westholme, Ripley St Thomas and Eden Boys School.
The girls faced a tough judging panel, including the Rt Honourable Lord Shuttleworth; international broadcaster and acclaimed poet, Lemn Sissay MBE; and Dr Yvonne Reddick, winner of the Northern Writer’s Award.
The judges were most impressed by our students’ poetic talent and unique sense of humour shown during their performance of ‘A Call to Smash through the Glass Ceiling’. The young ladies were fantastic ambassadors for BCHS with Crosshill and the judges were keen to point out their potential as future poets!
“‘As a woman I will do whatever I can to fight; fight for what I believe in and fight for my rights.’ Powerful words from Umbreen & Alicia” – Tauheedul Education Trust