Rock show to hit city centre

Lesley Pitts, left, the chairman of the Portsmouth branch of the Student Nurses Association, wearing the old uniform, and Margaret Morrison, steward of the Portsmouth branch of the Royal College of Nurses, wearing the new uniform which nurses say is impractical

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THOUSANDS of schoolchildren are set to hit the stage in Portsmouth during a six-night musical spectacular.

A total of 56 schools from across the area have signed up to join the Rock Challenge and J Rock tour.

Taking place at the city’s Guildhall, the event will see more than 3,000 youngsters performing over the six nights.

Teams of between 20 to 135 children will have up to eight minutes to perform their chosen theme to an audience made up of family, friends, VIPs, sponsors and a panel of industry professionals.

Tickets for the bonanza are now on sale. They are £13.50 each and available by calling 0844 847 2362. Performances take place from Monday, February 26 to Saturday, March 3.

Nationally, 20,000 children are taking part.