A TEENAGE singing sensation narrowly missed out on first place in an under-18s talent contest.

Kelly McWaters, of Chilton, was named top vocalist as she came second in the national final of Stars of Tomorrow at Scarborough's Cayton Bay.

The 14-year-old, who attends Ferryhill Comprehensive School, won a trophy and £150 after her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.

Kelly's grandmother, Doreen McWaters, said: "It is a big achievement for her. As far as we know, we have never had anyone from County Durham get this far in the finals before."

More than 3,500 contestants from across the country took part in regional heats of the talent search. A dancer from Scotland scooped first prize.