Thumbs up as Guildhall announces new patron

LEVEL 42 frontman Mark King has been announced as the first ever patron of Portsmouth Cultural Trust, the charity that runs Portsmouth Guildhall.

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The Osmonds come to Portsmouth. From left: Merrill, Jimmy and Jay Osmond.

Crazy horses couldn’t keep the Osmonds away this Christmas

It is, as they say, the most wonderful time of the year. And what could be more fitting for the festive period than some wholesome family fun with the Osmonds’ Christmas Extravaganza?

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Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace as Robin Hood and Maid Marion star in the Mayflower's panto, Robin Hood.
 Photo by Robin Jones/Digital South.

Kat and Alfie go on the rob in pantoland

For the past 15 years, the turbulent relationship of Kat Slater and Alfie Moon has become one of the most famous and enduring partnerships in soapland.


Star of ITV’s The Chase inspires pupils at talk

THERE IS no substitute for hard work and it’s okay to completely mess up in public.

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Tributes paid by The Kings to Andrew Sachs

STAFF from The Kings Theatre have paid tribute to Andrew Sachs, who appeared at the Southsea venue in panto during the 1990s.

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Rapper 50 Cent proves to be a huge draw for Mutiny Festival

ORGANISERS of a dance music festival have been overwhelmed after tens of thousands people signed up over the weekend for tickets following the announcement of 50 Cent as its first headliner on Friday.

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Many have made light of Kanye West's alleged breakdown

TAMARA SIDDIQUI: Mental health issues aren’t for mocking

The celebrity world is bigger than ever. We’ve got those who are famous for a skill or talent, and those who we’ve grown to love (or hate), that have made their way into the spotlight from reality TV.

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Rod Stewart announced as Sunday night headliner for next year’s Isle of Wight Festival

ROCK legend Rod Stewart has been announced as the closing act at next year’s Isle of Wight Festival.

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From left, Lt Hazelle Garton, Lt Cdr Craig Blackburn, Cdr Steve Prest , Lt Cdr Bob Hawkins, Lt Cdr Grahame Flint with Warwick Davis

Sailors from HMS Queen Elizabeth appear on new game show with Harry Potter star

THEY may be helping to lead the nation’s biggest warship ever made.

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Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on stage as The Stotts

Prepare for some poignant moments as Vic and Bob hit Portsmouth

Attempting to interview Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer at the same time is a little like herding cats. With years of riffing off each other, the pair fly off at tangents all over the place, finish each other’s sentences and periodically collapse into giggles.

The LandRover BAR British America's Cup Team skippered by Sir Ben Ainslie shown visiting the Kokonoe Beya Sumo Stable 
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Sailors turn into sumos as America’s Cup’s final leg hits Japan

THEY may be sailing superstars but when it comes to sumo wrestling this team of elite sportsmen were like fish out of water.

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Music legend Sir Cliff to play Stansted Park

Music legend Sir Cliff to play Stansted Park

SIR Cliff Richard has announced he will be playing at Stansted Park next year as part of his Just Fabulous, Rock’n’Roll tour.

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Gabrielle is living the dream, and will be coming to Portsmouth Guildhall

It was joining superstar soul singer Michael Bolton on his last tour that convinced Gabrielle she should get back out on the road in her own right.

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Jools Holland

Jools Holland boogies back into Portsmouth with The Selecter in tow

He’s the face of the only remaining mainstream music show on terrestrial TV, Later..., and on Thursday Jools Holland will be returning to Portsmouth as part of his latest tour with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

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Jamie Lawson by Pip for Atlantic Records

Jamie Lawson Wasn’t Expecting That as heads to Portsmouth Guildhall

If there’s an opposite to overnight success, then Jamie Lawson would be your dictionary definition.

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Roger McGough by Colin Clarke

Roger McGough brings the sensual ear to Winchester Poetry Festival

For five decades, Roger McGough has been one of our best-known faces of poetry.

From left, Matt Dallen, Jade Ellis, Anne Hegerty, Vicki Michelle, Phil Randall, Marcus Patrick and Sam Callahan at the Kings Picture: Habibur Rahman (161386-28)

Cast climb to the stars in The Kings panto, Jack and The Beanstalk

FEE, fi, fo fum, I smell the launch of The Kings’ pantomime!

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X Factor star Sean is back – and fans will see a definite difference

HE HAD his first brush with fame as one half of the brother/sister act Same Difference when they made it to the final of the 2007 series of The X Factor.

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TAMARA TALKS: Not every woman edits her pictures because she’s vain

TAMARA TALKS: Not every woman edits her pictures because she’s vain

Three things inspired me to write this week about the way pictures are edited on social media.

Margaret Cox, 72, from Portsmouth was overwhelmed when she met Peter Andre today Picture: Malcolm Wells (160906-5411)

Pop star Peter Andre praises Portsmouth as hundreds pack out book signing

HUNDREDS of fans lined Commercial Road today to meet pop icon Peter Andre after the reality TV star held a book signing in WHSmith.

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