Huge celebration will mark the arrival of the torch in Portsmouth

STARS The Rizzle Kicks will be appearing at Southsea Common

STARS The Rizzle Kicks will be appearing at Southsea Common

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on Southsea Common for a massive celebration when the Olympic flame arrives tomorrow.

When the final torchbearer of the day lights a cauldron on stage, chart-toppers Rizzle Kicks will whip up a festival atmosphere with a performance on the seafront.

APPEARING Twist and Pulse will be performing on stage

APPEARING Twist and Pulse will be performing on stage

And earlier in the day local performers will take to the stage to sing and dance.

Another of the acts to perform for partygoers on stage tomorrow evening is popular dance act Twist and Pulse.

The dancing duo won the hearts of the public when they made it to the final rounds of Britain’s Got Talent.

Glen Murphy, otherwise known as Pulse, told The News: ‘People in Portsmouth should be there or be square.

‘Have fun, join in and have a good time because if you miss it you might never get the chance again.

‘My nan lives just outside of Portsmouth so I’ve been down here before and I’m looking forward to coming here again.

‘The best part about our show is that everyone gets to take part in it and it’s not just us going at it.

‘Everyone can sing along.’

The pair will perform a 20-minute set on Sunday.

The event on Southsea Common starts at 5pm and finishes at 7.30pm. The flame will arrive on stage at around 6.47pm.

Ashley Glazebrook, who performs as Twist, said: ‘People in Portsmouth need to make sure they are there because we have got some surprises and we can’t wait to see them.

‘The crowds have been amazing everywhere we go.

‘There’s a lot of comedy dance moves in our set.

‘We’re very excited and we can’t wait.’

Meanwhile there will be performances from Portsmouth dance troupe Most Wanted, a choir from the Portsmouth Music Service and the New Theatre Royal Little Actors and Youth Theatre.

People are expected to flock into the city on Sunday to see the relay and roads are likely to be packed.

Portsmouth City Council is letting people park for free at the Isambard Brunel multi-storey car park in the city centre.

Parking in Southsea will be restricted but there is overflow car parking available on Castle Field.

Otherwise people are being urged to walk, cycle or use public transport where possible.

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