SOME of the region’s biggest names and up-and-coming performers will be taking  part in a talent show with a difference in Chorley on December 21.

Chorley Little Theatre will be hosting the show, which is part of the Guardian’s 140th birthday celebrations.

Liberty X singer Kevin Simm and Chorley’s singing soldier Jonjo Kerr, who found fame on X Factor, have both confirmed they’ll be taking part.

Other acts  due tp take part include Francesca Leigh, who also appeared on this year’s X Factor with her group The Lovettes; singer Kingsley Judd; and former Chorley and Leyland Guardian Fame Factor winner Amy Sumner.

There is a serious purpose behind the show as the proceeds will go to the Twincess Campaign, which was set up after Chorley twin girls Abigail and Isobel Parry were born with Down’s Syndrome. The money from the Twincess Campaign will be spilt  between paying for the ongoing development needs of the youngsters and the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Tickets cost £5 each although a family ticket for two adults and two children is a bargain £15.

Like all the acts, Jonjo is giving his time for free and he said it was his way of thanking the people of Chorley for backing him on X Factor. “I’ve never sung at Chorley Little Theatre before so I’m really forward to it,” said the father-of-two. “It’s all for a really good cause so I’m delighted to be part of it.”

Ian Robinson, chairman of CADOS, predicted the show would be a sellout and urged people to book their tickets now to avoid disappointment. “It’s a good line-up so I’m expecting there will be a lot of interest,” he said. “It will be staged straight after the Christmas panto so all the decorations will be up and there should be a real feelgood factor in the town.” Chorley Little Theatre has a capacity of 236 and tickets can be bought from Malcolm’s Musicland, in Chapel Street.

Owner Malcolm Allen said: “People can pop into the shop or phone me on 01257 264362 to get their ticket. Alternatively they can look at the Chorley Little Theatre website. “I think £15 for a family of four is fantastic value and I’d be amazed if it’s not a sellout.”

Guardian editor Chris Maguire said: “It’s going to be an amazing night and for a great cause. “We’re just finalising our programme but most of the high schools in Chorley will also be involved.”