A YOUNG East Lancashire singer, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, has impressed crowds of people who flocked to a Jubilee beacon lighting in Darwen.

Darwen-born Cormac Thompson, who appeared on the ITV talent show last month, sang a cover of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol at the Jubilee Beacon lighting at Darwen Tower.

Cormac, 13, said it was a “huge honour” to sing at the event and his mum, Alison Thompson, said she is “very proud” of her son.

Alison said: “It was one of the more memorable experiences for Cormac.

"We were surprised when so many people turned up, but it was lovely seeing so many people there.”

Cormac sang a cover of the same song he performed at the London Palladium for his Britain’s Got Talent audition.

Lancashire Telegraph: Cormac Thompson at his Britain's Got Talent auditionCormac Thompson at his Britain's Got Talent audition

Alison said: “He hasn’t sung that song for quite a few months and he last sang it back in January for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

“It’s such a lovely song and the lyrics really leant themselves to the beacon lighting.”

Alison said it was great for Cormac to perform at the tower, which he visited frequently throughout his childhood.

She said: “We have pushed him up that hill and he has ridden his bike up that hill too, so to stand at those steps and sing was incredible for him.

“After the performance, everyone was stopping him and telling him how amazing he is and we also got a lot of positive comments on social media too.

“It’s so great that everyone was so supportive. They were all so kind and stopped to listen to him singing.”

Alison said she is proud of her son and all the hard work he puts into his singing career.

She said: “He works so hard. He loves singing and I am proud of his attitude and effort he puts into his singing.”

While he didn’t make it past the audtion process of Britain’s Got Talent, Alison says his singing career is looking bright and he is heading to America this summer to take part in a singing scholarship.

His audition teaser video has also received over one million views on YouTube.

Cormac also released his debut album in 2021 and has become a well-known figure in the area having sung in a number of recitals at Blackburn Cathedral.

Speaking about his performance, dozens of people took to social media to offer words of support to Cormac.

Jas Edwards said: “Well done Cormac, you sounded amazing, many congratulations.”

“Beautifully sung,” said another. “Cormac, I know you just want to sing but I think you'll need an autograph card soon!”

A third said: “Glad it all went well for you. Another special moment for you to treasure.”

“Voice of an angel,” said another.

Darwen’s Jubilee beacon lighting took place on Thursday, June 2, and was jam-packed with entertainment.

Janet Pearce, founder of Keep Darwen Tidy, lit the Jubilee Beacon at Darwen Tower after winning a competition.

She received almost half of the 108 nominations in the quest to find a resident to light the beacon marking the Queen’s 70-year reign.

Edie Turner, who walked up to the tower every day in May to raise money for Ukraine, was a beacon carrier.

Darwen Brass Band also entertained the crowds with some music.