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Guitarist wins search for London's best young busker

A singer and guitarist from east London has won a competition to find the best up-and-coming young busker.

Noemie Ducimetiere, 22, was selected after musicians submitted songs to Transport for London, with a prize of a licence to perform on the Tube.

Nine finalists sang at the Shoreditch Festival on Sunday and the judges chose Ms Ducimetiere, from Hackney Wick.

She said she "tried not to expect too much", but it was "pretty cool" to have won the first contest she had entered.

"It was a really good experience and great to get a busking slot so I can do my thing," she added.

Last year's winner of the competition, Jamie West, released his first single on Monday.

He was one of the judges of this year's entrants, all of whom were aged between 16 and 25.

As well as the busking licence, Ms Ducimetiere has won musical equipment, studio sessions and performing slots at two venues.

Mayor Boris Johnson described London as "the world capital for live music" and said the contest was an opportunity to give new musicians "a real shot at success".

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