YOUNGSTERS shone on stage at the final of the Bradford Festival of Talent. 

The competition is aimed at all primary and secondary schools across Bradford.

The annual event was started by former Lady Mayoress Elizabeth Sharp in 2015.

Then known as the Lady Mayoress’ Festival of Talent, the contest was started as a way for pupils to express themselves and show off their skills in a variety of fields outside the classroom

Yousaf Hussain, nine, from Byron Primary School, was crowned the winner in the primary school category, with his magic skills, and the secondary winner was Bradford Academy's jazz group, including Joseph Taylor, Thomas Thorpe and Hayden Barnes. 

Mrs Sharp said: "They were absolutely amazing. All the performers had raised their game and everyone said they were the best yet, and I am so proud of everyone who has anything to do with its organisation."

Each act received a certificate and trophies were presented by David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, and Councillor Abid Hussain, Lord Mayor of Bradford. 

The winners will attend a civic reception with the Lord Mayor at City Hall on Wednesday as part of their prize and will be invited to perform at the Bradford Festival in City Park

Judge David Owen-Lewis said the standard of the entrants was "unbelievably high". 

While Mrs Sharp added she was "enormously proud" of all the performers and they were all stars. 

A dance group from Lady Lane Park School, Bingley, the primary winners of the original 2015 competition, opened the show and the Bradford Academy School choir also performed after winning the secondary final last year. 

Sponsors Sovereign Health and Napoleons were thanked for their support.