Portsmouth gala night promises glitz

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FROM a 1940s vocal trio to showgirls, with a magician throw in too, a fundraising gala night promises to be fun.

The Kings Theatre, in Albert Road, Southsea, will be hosting the night, from which the profits go to Portsmouth Lord Mayor’s chosen charities.

(left to right) Anneka Wass, Sally Anne, and Isabelle Moore, The Three Belles a 1940's vocal trio with Lucy Hoareau a showgirl from Manic Stage Productions and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Frank Jonas on an original Southdown bus ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13908-6621)

(left to right) Anneka Wass, Sally Anne, and Isabelle Moore, The Three Belles a 1940's vocal trio with Lucy Hoareau a showgirl from Manic Stage Productions and The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr. Frank Jonas on an original Southdown bus ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13908-6621)

The annual event is organised by Councillor David Fuller and Marcella Payne.

Cllr Fuller said: ‘We’ve been doing this show for four years now, excluding last year, and it’s always been fun.

‘It’s going to be glitz and glamour, a fantastic show, and one that I’m sure people from Portsmouth will be very proud of. I’m proud to help put it on, and we only have about 270 tickets left, so it’s a popular show.’

Among the acts include the Fareham Musical Society, who will be performing songs from the musical Summer Holiday.

For a finale, Manic Stage Productions have put on a showgirls spectacular.

Anneka Wass is one member of the trio The Three Belles.

They will be performing their 1940s singing at the event.

She said: ‘We formed three years ago after meeting at the University of Portsmouth.

‘We became professional two years ago, but still love performing in Portsmouth.

‘We’ve never performed at The Kings Theatre before, so that’ll be an experience for us. It’s such a big stage, but we’re looking forward to it, and to raising money for the charities.’

Lord Mayor Councillor Frank Jonas has chosen The Alzheimer’s Society and cancer charity The Whitburn Trust, as his causes to back.

He said: ‘I’m looking to the show, especially has I have been told there are a few surprises in there for me.

‘I’ve had family members who have suffered from Alzheimer’s and cancer.

‘They’re two things I think a lot of people can relate to, and the charities are local, so will help people in the area.

‘I just want to thank everyone for coming along, and to the Southdown Historic Vehicles, for bringing down the bus.’

The gala takes place on April 15, and starts at 7pm.

Tickets start from £12.

To find out more, call (023) 9282 8282.