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Leah's 'feelgood factor' recognised

By Rebecca Petticrew

North Belfast singing sensation Leah McFall is "honoured" to have been put forward for recognition from her home borough.

The Carnmoney songstress shot to fame after coming second on BBC talent show The Voice, earlier this year.

DUP councillor Mandy Girvan proposed Newtownabbey Borough Council recognise Leah, saying she is a "great ambassador" for the borough. Speaking at a council meeting last week, Mandy explained why she feels Leah deserves recognition: "Leah is the example of a young person who has brought the feelgood factor back to the borough rather than those young people who have been doing bad things of late."

Newtownabbey Mayor Frazer Agnew said he thinks it is "appropriate" to recognise Leah in some way.

"At this moment in time, we haven't decided on how best we can recognise Leah, but we want to do something. It's always good to acknowledge someone from your own community who has achieved something, particularly on a national stage," he added.

A delighted Leah, who is currently recording her debut album in LA, tweeted she was "honoured" by the council's suggestion.

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