Pompey Pop at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Simon Emmett

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According to local legend, a great thing happened in 1956 – the birth of rock ’n’ roll was right here in Portsmouth when Tony Crombie & his Rockets debuted.

Such rock ’n’ roll was the order of the night here, with a line-up of Portsmouth acts that would bring flashbacks for anybody who ever visited the Birdcage or remembers the Bridge in Hilsea.

Five acts took us on a journey of hits from 1956 to the late ’60s.

Reet, Petite & Gone opened with an Elvis number.

Danny Raven & The Renegades sang hits including Shakin’ All Over, Poor Little Fool and Johnny B. Goode.

Vinyl Tap played the legendary guitar sounds of The Shadows and the Beatles.

The Parkas gave us hits from the Rolling Stones, Zager & Evans and Cliff Richard & The Shadows.

Shep Woolley did a brilliant job as MC and, in the second half, he brought his Big Band to the stage for hits such as Long Tall Sally, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door and Route 66.

The evening came to climax when all the acts returned to the stage for the final song – Shake, Rattle and Roll.

The show raised money for Rowans Hospice and the Kings Trust and hopefully will be the first of many.

KIMBERLEY BARBER