Acts take to the stage at Portsmouth gala in aid of Children in Need

The Abstract Dance Company in action. Pictures: Sophtfocus
The Abstract Dance Company in action. Pictures: Sophtfocus

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FROM musicals to wartime songs, the acts that took to the stage at the annual Children in Need gala were certainly entertaining.

Around 650 people went to the show at the Kings Theatre, in Southsea, last night to raise money for the BBC charity.

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Eighteen local acts from dance to music to magic kept the crowd entertained with all the ticket money going directly to the charity to help disabled children and young people in the UK.

Brothers Edwin and Richard Dyer, and Richard’s partner Maddie Smith, were in the audience to support their little sister 16-year-old Rebeca Dyer, from Stubbington, who was singing with South Downs College.

Richard, 30, from Fareham, said: ‘It was really good. There was a lot of talent on stage.’

The Hardyman family was in crowd to watch 10-year-old Niamh perform with the Stardust Youth Theatre. Mum Jo, 44, dad Chris, 47, and sister 14-year-old Freya enjoyed the show.

Jo, from Cosham, said: ‘It was very good. There was a great variety. We always support Children in Need although we have never been to this show before but we really enjoyed it.’

Proud mum Colleen Carter-Smith was watching 12-year-old daughter Holly, who was in Stardust Youth Theatre.

Colleen, from Drayton, said: ‘We weren’t expecting it to be so good but some of the acts were absolutely amazing.’

BBC South Today’s weather presenter Sarah Farmer received cheques from various groups and fundraisers on behalf on Children in Need, including one from King’s Theatre employee Alyson Graf, who had raised more than £200 by selling cakes at work.

Staff dressed in pyjamas to collect cash on the door and a raffle was held with great prizes up for grabs.

The gala was a preview of the event, which returns on Friday with various fundraising activities taking place.

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