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AN accomplished speaker from Portchester will be taking to the stage today at a national speaking competition.

John Webber, a businessman, will be competing in the all-Britain and Ireland District Contest semi-finals in Torquay.

He won his place at the semi-finals at the South East England Division Public Speaking Contest Finals where he was crowned best speaker for his speech on providing a legacy through supporting others.

If he wins today, he will be off to compete in the world finals in Ohio, America in August.

The Solent Speakers Club member said: ‘Each year, my message gets simpler and more heartfelt.’

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