‘These awards put city on the cultural map’

Editor of The News 'Mark Waldron, left, and Steve Frampton, right, with last year's Special Achievement Award winner Geoff Priestley of the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea
Editor of The News 'Mark Waldron, left, and Steve Frampton, right, with last year's Special Achievement Award winner Geoff Priestley of the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea
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THE principal of Portsmouth College has praised the contribution that the arts and creative industries make to our region.

The college in Tangier Road, Baffins, Portsmouth, is the main sponsor for The News’s annual celebration of local arts and entertainment – The WOW247 Awards – the new name for The Guide Awards.

The significance of these efforts from local people are recognised as an outstanding contribution to the spirit of Portsmouth that we are proud to be associated with

Portsmouth College principal Steve Frampton

This year sees the second year that the college has backed the awards.

College principal Steve Frampton said: ‘We are delighted to sponsor and support The WOW247 Awards again for 2016 as it celebrates the fantastic arts, theatre, music and entertainment culture in our very talented city.

‘The significance of these efforts from local people are recognised as an outstanding contribution to the spirit of Portsmouth that we are proud to be associated with.

‘These awards recognise these achievements and put Portsmouth firmly on the map as a city of culture, energy and diversity.

‘We, as a college, continue to raise the ambitions of young people aspiring for success in the industry so by working in community partnerships, we provide opportunities for our students to gain essential skills and experience to develop their future prospects.

‘With recent success in Rock Challenge where we won the Southern Final which promoted us to the Premier League this year, to fantastic music performances at Portsmouth’s biggest music festival, Victorious, our creative and performance sector is really thriving.

‘Huge congratulations to the nominees who have been selected at the WOW247 Awards – we wish you the very best of luck on the night!’

Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a ceremony at The Kings Theatre in Southsea on Monday, January 25.

You can see all the nominees across 14 categories, and how to vote for your favourites, on page five of today’s WOW247 supplement with this paper.

Voting closes on Sunday, December 20.