A KEIGHLEY performing arts academy has celebrated the achievements of its students.

BOLT Academy staged its annual awards presentation at the town's Victoria Hall.

Around 500 people gathered for the event.

Accolades were presented by actor Brad Johnson – who plays Vinny Dingle in the TV soap Emmerdale – former town mayor Julie Adams and Keighley MP Robbie Moore.

BOLT Academy, based in Lawkholme Lane, was founded in the summer of 2019 by actor Freddie Bolt.

Last year, it was voted 'best small business' by the public in an awards scheme run by the MP.

Mr Bolt says: "Our annual awards day has to be my favourite part of the year.

"Everything we do at BOLT is so fast paced, whether that is preparing for a show, exams or showcases, or just running the weekly classes. We rarely get a chance to sit back, reflect and appreciate the outstanding work that our students produce week after week, month after month, show after show.

"This is why our presentation day is so important, as we get everyone in the same room for one afternoon to recognise and celebrate our amazing students and all their achievements throughout the past year.

"It’s amazing to share these moments with all our students, full team of staff and fantastic support network of parents, friends and family and celebrate everything that makes BOLT what it is."

Speaking after the event, Mr Moore said: "BOLT Academy aims to be the central hub for young actor training in the north of England, offering a clear pathway for performers with ambitions in the television, film, music and theatre industry.

"It is undeniably one of the biggest success stories our town has had in recent years.

"Freddie and the whole team are absolutely brilliant, and it really was an honour to be part of this event celebrating the outstanding achievements of the academy's students.

"A huge 'well done' goes to the winners and to everyone at BOLT Academy for putting our town’s performing arts culture on the map. I can’t wait for its next show."

The Student of the Year Award was won by Molly Sharples.

Other winners included: Principal Award, Ethan Cattle; Vice-Principal Award, Bella Kirby; Professional Award, Brodie Nkome and Maddy Taylor; Heart of Gold Award, Maddie Whiteoak and Maggie Flaherty; Student's Student Award, Ava-Mai Walton and William Lawrence, and Rising Star Award, Isla Hart and Josh Hardy.