Talented pupils raise the roof at White Rock show

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YOUNGSTERS from across 1066 Country raised the roof at the White Rock Theatre by staging an all-singing all-dancing musical extravaganza.

The event, called The Show - From The Heart, was put on to raise money for a host of good causes and charities.

More than 20 schools from Hastings and neighbouring towns performed to a packed audience at the show on February 9.

The annual fundraiser, hosted by Helenswood School, showcases the wide range of talent across Hastings and Rother by youngsters, and has received positive reviews in previous years.

Donna Howell, performing arts administrator for Helenswood, who organised last Wednesday’s show, said: “We had more than 20 schools and local acts taking part in this heart-warming evening of entertainment, which played to a full house.

“The sheer variety of pieces wowed the audience with their stunning performances ranging from dance and music to acrobatics and drama.

“Guestling-Bradshaw produced a fun and colourful welly boot dance and Hollington School’s homage to the pier was moving and poignant.

“Acromax Gymnastic group, as always, thrilled the audience with their outstanding acrobatic skills based on the rainforest.

“Students from Helenswood closed the show with their extremely professional dance piece – Images of Picasso.”

Since its inception in 2007 the annual event has raised more thn £35,000 for local charities including Demelza House Hospice, which looks after sick children, the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, and new to this year, Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

At the end of the evening all 400 performers and the audience joined together to sing the charity song – From The Heart, led by Helenswood’s music department.

The show concluded with Hastings mayor Kim Forward and compere Chris Lacey, former Helenswood deputy headteacher, thanking all the performers.

Vicki Pickering, area fundraiser for Demelza House, said: “I am continually overwhelmed at the talents on show, the singing and dancing and the courage of the children to stand up and perform on such a huge stage.”