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Writtle’s Harry Gardner and Missing People Choir join Stowmarket’s Matt Edwards in Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 10:06 28 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:24 28 May 2017

Harry Gardner from Essex  has made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Harry Gardner from Essex has made it to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

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Three acts with Suffolk or Essex connections have made it through to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

The Missing People Choir on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES  ITV The Missing People Choir on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

In last night’s episode of the ITV talent search, viewers saw Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams selected their top choices to make the semi-finals stage.

Among those to progress was Essex teenager Harry Gardner, who was sent through by Alesha,

The 16-year-old, from Writtle, near Chelmsford, who previously left the judges in tears, with a song he had written for his grandmother, Maureen McGuinness, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago.

Matt Edwards' place was already assured. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV Matt Edwards' place was already assured. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

Also sailing through was the Missing People’s Choir, which has among its membership Nicki Durbin, the mother of Luke Durbin, who has been missing since May 2006, when he was last seen in Ipswich.

Speaking earlier this month, Nicki said: “It would be truly wonderful for families like mine if the public would put their support behind this single and show the world that Luke and all these missing children are not forgotten.”

They will join Stowmarket magician Matt Edwards whose place in the semi-finals was already assured after hosts Ant and Dec pressed their gold buzzer.

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Britain’s Got Talent Live semi-finals air from Monday May 29 to Friday June 2 at 7.30pm on ITV, followed by Britain’s Got More Talent, also live, on ITV2 at 10pm.

The grand final takes place on Sunday June 4 on ITV, with the winner bagging £250,000 and a slot at The Royal Variety Performance.

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