THERE were plenty of high kicks, head spins and hugs from Pudsey Bear at this year’s Children In Need variety show.
A top line-up of local talent entertained a packed out Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea, last night.
There was also a raffle draw and a chance to see the famous yellow bear.
Jodie Newell, 28, of Methuen Road, Southsea, had brought along sons Charlie Evans, eight, and Harry Newell, two.
She said: ‘This is the first time we have come to this show and it was great.
‘The boys have really enjoyed all the singing and dancing.
‘And the highlight is seeing Pudsey Bear.’
The night was started off by Hampshire band The Playlist.
Lead singer Liz Hubbuck said: ‘It was great to see so many people in the theatre and they were a great audience.
‘We love to perform at the Kings, especially when it’s for an amazing cause like this.’
Performances also came from members of the Portsmouth Music Service, dance group Streetforce DC and Portsmouth singer Sam Jones, aka Dirty Sky Jones.
Theatre star Chris Marlowe and Manic Stage Productions gave an enthralling performance of songs from musical Chicago.
Little Karli Roos, aged six, had come to see the show with dad Deon from Southampton.
She said: ‘I really liked the girls who danced the musical songs because they were all wiggly.’
To make fundraising fun, the theatre had called upon people to think of crazy ways to raise cash.
Pupils from Newbridge Junior School, New Road, Portsmouth, had held an X Factor competition and raised £225.
They presented a cheque to Pudsey bear of the amount on the night.