Chesney Hawkes heads for Portsmouth

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HE is the one and only – and Chesney Hawkes will be coming to Portsmouth as part of a summer show.

The 90s pop sensation will perform at the revived Southsea Show, which is being brought back this year for the first time since being scrapped in 2007.

The singer, whose hit I Am the One and Only topped the charts in 1991, will be part of the Southsea Show Saturday Seaside Special on August 3.

The event special is a variety act showcase organised by Nicole Geddes and Steve Pitt who have managed to book Chesney.

As well as performing his big hit, Chesney will sing cover versions of chart songs.

Nicole, who owns Manic Stage Productions, said: ‘We are really excited about getting Chesney Hawkes part of the Southsea Show.

‘The Southsea Show Saturday Seaside Special is going to be a great night and I think having him there will really liven it up.’

Alongside Chesney, the variety show will have a magician, tribute acts, acrobatics and illusionists.

There will also be show girls performing during each act.

Nicole added: ‘We have quite a few acts planned for the show already but we are still trying to get more things in.

‘But the confirmed acts look really good and I think it will be one of the highlights of the weekend.

‘The girls are great to watch and the magicians and illusionists are always fun.

‘Just the name of the event will draw people in because it is different and quite a tongue twister.’

Nicole and Steve, who owns The Cellars at Eastney, chose the name Seaside Special in honour of the 1970s television programme.

Nicole added: ‘Seaside Special was a programme that was on the BBC and they used to set up a big top tent on a seaside and host a variety show.

‘That is how we came up with the name so we’re keeping that tradition.’

The Southsea Show starts on August 3 and runs all weekend.

The event on Southsea Common will have gardening demonstrations and competitions, stalls, a carousel and bumper cars, a petting zoo and sport activities.

Other highlights will include children’s storytelling, a dog show, a cider bus and a milkshake wagon.

Buskers will entertain guests in the Market Marquee and you can relax in a giant tea tent.

There will be a beer tent and real ale bar and folk, bluegrass, country and roots music will be played.