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50-mile charity walk launched in Gosport mums memory

Pictured: Helen Bulbeck from Brainstrust is pictured at Trinity Landing, Isle of Wight, with Jon Jones and his children, 14-year-old Adrienne and 12-year-old Isaac.

The family of a Gosport woman who died of a brain tumour in 2016 have helped the Isle of Wight-based charity she supported to launch a two-day, 50-mile fundraising walk around the island.

 

Jon Jones, his 14-year-old daughter Adrienne and 12-year-old son Isaac, from Lee-on-Solent, Gosport, joined Helen Bulbeck, co-founder and director of services at brainstrust, to launch the charitys third Follow the Seagulls two-day walk, which starts on 1 April and will cover a 50-mile route around the Isle of Wight.

 

Mum Jo Jones, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010, took part in the 2016 Follow the Seagulls walk. She died last summer.

 

Adrienne Jones said: "Mum really enjoyed the walk. It was a challenge for all of us, but it felt good afterwards. I w

Family launch walk in memory of mum

Tribute acts rarely attract anything other than harsh comparisons to their celebrated muses but Friday night at the Kings Theatre, Southsea with Back For Good, Take That's premiere tribute, proved the exception to that rule.

This was an energetic and remarkably accurate journey through the back catalogue with both Daniel Paul Maines as Gary, and Matthew Hall as Mark delivering tone-perfect performances that could almost be considered a masterpiece in mimickery, rather than the usual close approximation achieved by other acts.

If you can't get to see the real thing then these guys will do just as well.

The production values are considerably different, but then the budget is considerably smaller.

Nonetheless it could all do with being brought up to match the standard of performance.

A good night out can usually be judged by traditional signs such as audience engagement, or general mood.

A good night at the Kings however, can be measured by how much the dress circle balcony shakes, and there were moments when the excited gyrating of the standing crowd added an element of risk to an otherwise brilliantly entertaining evening.

The closing number, Rule The World nearly caused structural damage.

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