Doing us proud on the city stage

From left, Paul Stanley, Jo Crisp, George Heasman, Mercedes Bevan, Luke Galea and Bethany Bevan from Highbury College

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STUDENTS have been taking to the stage as Rock Challenge returned home.

Performing at the Portsmouth Guildhall at the opening night on Monday, there were pupils from schools from the city and the surrounding areas.

MOVES St Johns College, Portsmouth

MOVES St Johns College, Portsmouth

Park Community School in Havant was announced as the winner, with a production based on a child’s imagination and how she has to overcome her inner demons.

Students from Horndean Technology College finished in second place with St John’s College in Southsea coming in fifth.

Admiral Lord Nelson School also performed.

Stuart McGregor, UK manager of Rock Challenge, said: ‘The show was fantastic, all of the local performers absolutely did themselves proud.

‘The audience was tremendous and really put their energy behind what was happening on stage which made for a fantastic evening.

‘We were overwhelmed by the support that we had. The atmosphere was fantastic.

‘Having St John’s College and Admiral Lord Nelson School representing the city themselves was terrific.’

And Stuart added that the team always enjoy coming down to Portsmouth where the UK Rock Challenge began back in 1996.

‘The atmosphere is probably better than anywhere in the country,’ he said.

‘I take great pleasure in having seen kids go on stage as nervous teenagers and coming off as spectacular performers.

‘The moment the music starts the transformation is incredible.’