DJ trophy makes top tribute to Matt at The Guide Awards

Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

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WHEN the name Matt Berry was read out as the winner of Best DJ award at last night’s Guide Awards, it was the emotional high point in a night full of them.

The Guide Awards, at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, and sponsored by Portsmouth College, celebrated the best in arts, culture and entertainment from around the region.

Matt Berry

Matt Berry

Matt was given the top honour in his category posthumously after taking his own life last March.

His sister Rebecca Glew accepted the award on his behalf, with many in the packed theatre rising to their feet in tribute to the DJ. A clearly overwhelmed Rebecca, from Baffins, said from the stage: ‘I’m absolutely shocked. Matt should be here – if he only believed in himself as much as we did. Thank you.’

After coming off stage she added: ‘Mum and Dad are in Florida on a much-needed holiday. They’re really down-to-earth people and told me not to expect anything from tonight. I’ve got to Skype them when I get home – I can’t wait to tell them – they’re going to be blown away.’

Among the 13 other awards, Kodiak Jack took Best Band, Victorious Festival won Best Exhibition/Event and John-Paul McCrohon had a share of two awards, with Best Amateur Drama for Birdsong by CCADS, and as director of South Pacific by South Downe Musical Society.

There were also performances from the talented youngster Lucy Simmonds, nine, Big Child Man Child, a new musical act, and The Portsmouth Players put on an excerpt of their forthcoming show Hairspray.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie, presented the Best Exhibition/Event award, and said at the end of the night: ‘It was great going on stage to present an award, and it’s been such a fantastic night.

BEST COMEDY

Winner: James Alderson

Runner-up: Instant Soop

BEST DJ

Winner: Matt Berry

Runner-up: DJ Lemon

BEST BAND

Winner: Kodiak Jack

Runner-up: Kassassin Street

BEST SOLO ARTIST

Winner: Jerry Williams

Runner-up: Eloise Keating

BEST EXHIBITION/EVENT

Winner: Victorious Festival

Runner-up: Southsea Fest

BEST RESTAURANT/

PUB/WINE BAR

Winner: Southsea Coffee Co.

Runner-up: The Sussex Brewery

BEST FILM

Winner: Karen’s Room by Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas

Runner-up: The Missing Reel by John McGinty and Riyadh Haque

BEST PROFESSIONAL

PRODUCTION

Winner: Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre

Runner-up: The Lion King at Mayflower Theatre

BEST AMATEUR DRAMA

PRODUCTION

Winner: Birdsong by CCADS

Runner-up: The Three Musketeers by Interalia Theatre

BEST AMATEUR MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Winner: South Pacific by South Downe Musical Society

Runner-up: Tommy by CCADS

BEST AMATEUR ACTOR

Winner: Aaron Holdaway in Comedy of Errors by The Southsea Shakespeare Actors

Runner-up: Stuart Frank in The Three Musketeers by Interalia Theatre

BEST AMATEUR ACTRESS

Winner: Alexandra Maclean in the Sound of Music by Fareham Musical Society

Runner-up: Lauren Kempton in South Pacific by South Downe Musical Society

BEST CLASSICAL MUSIC ACT

Winner: Renaissance Choir

Runner-up: Portsmouth Baroque Choir

Special Achievement Award

Geoff Priestley