THE best and brightest talents in local entertainment took centre stage at the Guide Awards.
In front of a lively crowd of nominees, artists and local dignitaries, The News last night recognised the wealth of ability across Portsmouth and the surrounding area in 14 different categories ranging from best DJ to best exhibition.
Opening the evening, editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘The Guide Awards celebrate the rich and diverse entertainment on offer across our communities.
‘From music and theatre to art and food, Portsmouth is a real hub of creativity and culture. We have a lot to be proud of.’
Wave 105 breakfast presenter and News columnist Steve Power compered the evening, soldiering on through the awards with his trademark humour and energy despite nursing several broken ribs from a recent accident.
Throughout the show there were performances from several awards nominees, and kicking off the entertainment was talented Jerry Williams, winner of last year’s News Instant Star competition, who filled the stage with her tuneful melodies and charmingly cheeky lyrics.
Jerry said: ‘I loved performing at the Guide Awards but it went by so quickly.
‘It was lovely, I really enjoyed it.’
Also performing on the night, the Portsmouth Players showcased a medley from their forthcoming production of Grease and folk band The Day Of The Rabblement set feet tapping.
The final award for special achievement went to Nick Courtney, recognising his 11-year contribution to the Portsmouth music scene and tireless work for many good causes.
Nick said: ‘I don’t set out to raise money, it just happens. I am a very lucky man to be able to raise money for others while pursuing my passion.’
The awards were in association with Portsmouth City Council, Wave 105 and Victory Trophies.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Winner: Pete Scathe
Winner: Joe Wells
Runner-up: Instant SOOP
Winner: Kassassin Street
Runner-up: Off Beat Offensive
Best Solo Artist
Winner: Matt Jarvis
Runner-up: Jerry Williams
Winner: Hayling Billy 50
Runner-up: Albert Road Trail
Best Restaurant/Pub/Wine bar
Winner: King Street Tavern
Runner-up: Roosters Piri Piri
Runner-up: Send in the Clones
Best Professional Production
Winner: Joseph And The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Kings Theatre
Runner-up: Barnum, Chichester Festival Theatre
Best Amateur Drama Production
Winner: Anne Frank, One Off Productions, Kings Theatre
Runner-up: Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors, The Pyramids
Best Amateur Musical
Winner: Little Shop Of Horrors, Portsmouth Players
Runner-up: Whistle Down The Wind, CCADS
Best Amateur Actor
Winner: Lewis Bailey as Doctor Watson in Hound Of The Baskervilles, HumDrum
Runner-up: Lewis Robinson as Hamlet, Southsea Shakespeare Actors
Best Amateur Actress
Winner: Samantha Kelly, Evita, South Downe Musical Society
Runner-up: Georgia Hamorak as Anne Frank, One Off Productions
Best Classical Music Act
Winner: Solent Symphony Orchestra
Runner-up: David Price and Portsmouth Cathedral Choir
Special Achievement Award