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 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.
Winner: James Alderson
Runner-up: Instant Soop
Winner: Matt Berry
Runner-up: DJ Lemon
Winner: Kodiak Jack
Runner-up: Kassassin Street
BEST SOLO ARTIST
Winner: Jerry Williams
Runner-up: Eloise Keating
Winner: Victorious Festival
Runner-up: Southsea Fest
Winner: Southsea Coffee Co.
Runner-up: The Sussex Brewery
Winner: Karen’s Room by Geoff Harmer and Neil Thomas
Runner-up: The Missing Reel by John McGinty and Riyadh Haque
Winner: Gypsy at Chichester Festival Theatre
Runner-up: The Lion King at Mayflower Theatre
BEST AMATEUR DRAMA
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