Who needs Simon Cowell to run a successful X-Factor? Certainly not the organisers of a recent top-line signing competition at the Tunnel Bar in Obins Street.
The event (named Portadown’s X-Factor) was organised by the bar management and by the local Lyness family, to raise funds for the charity SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), which is researching the causes of the mystery condition.
SADS took the life of Stephen Lyness, son of Catherine and Geoffrey and sister of Natalie and Jenny, back in 2004. He was found dead in bed on his 18th birthday in December that year and the family have fundraised relentlessly to aid research ever since.
The X-Factor event added £3,340 to the fund, now around the £100,000 mark in the intervening years, and a good time was had by all.
Winner among the five finalists was Joanne Fearon, and she was followed ‘home’ by Catherine McCourt, Philip Hamill, Denise Evans and Andrew Neeson. MCs and judges were James Dunbar and Aaron McIvor.
It’s the latest in a line of fundraisers, the most recent being a coffee morning held by the residents of Oran Fold. And up-coming events include the annual Newry Canal cycle ride in September.
The X-Factor is now in its third year and the Lyness family wishes to thank everyone who helped, especially the contestants and the Tunnel Bar.
All the proceeds go to the London Heart Hospital which is a world centre in the search for the causes and cures of SADS.