Last night, I was feeling dreadful, dosed up to the eyeballs with drugs (over the counter of course!), I thought twice about attending the Southend YMCA event. Fortunately I dragged myself down there to be impressed, as always, not only by the work that they do, but the resourceful nature and raw talent of some of the youngsters they help out.
First, whilst waiting for the music to start, I met with Aaron Jones who runs Fikay Fashion, he started his business barely a year ago, and has been using one of the Eco-hubs based at old St John’s Stables in Westcliff-on-Sea. His business seems to be going from strength to strength with numerous distributers all over the world! A true inspiration to all young people – he started his business using a few hundred quid he had left of his student overdraft!
Then came the turn of Jack Shannon, a quiet 17 year old who says he can sing a bit…. well WOW. He should be shouting from the rooftops, he performed for us, with just a guitar for backing and was – to use a word I rarely use – awesome.
Jack will be auditioning for the X-Factor at some point this year, and if Simon Cowell’s judges don’t say yes….. well I won’t provide them with a taxpayer funded cup of tea when they come to Southend!