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Hundreds support Regent charity show

PUBLISHED: 17:01 01 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch BBC Radio Suffolk's annual fundraising variety show.

The glittering event, held at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, raised about £12,000 for this year's BBC Children in Need appeal.

HUNDREDS of people turned out to watch BBC Radio Suffolk's annual fundraising variety show.

The glittering event, held at the Regent Theatre in Ipswich, raised about £12,000 for this year's BBC Children in Need appeal.

A crowd of more than 1,700 people were treated to a night of dance, song, magic and comedy by various acts. The Ipswich Co-op Juniors kicked of the show, which was hosted by television and cabaret performer Don Maclean.

BBC Radio Suffolk talent competition winners Heidi Dolan, 16, and Vicky Foster, 17, also featured on the bill. The teenage duo, who call themselves Infinity, performed two songs – Runaway by the Corrs and I Know Him So Well from the musical Chess.

Speaking before the show, Vicky, of Crocus Close, Ipswich, said: "This is one of the biggest things we have ever done. I am nervous, but more excited than anything. My parents are really proud. I can't wait to see their faces when we get up there."

For Heidi, of Atherton Road, Ipswich, the night was particularly special.

She almost died last year after taking an overdose of pills to escape school bullies who tormented her because of her good singing voice. Her success follows a vow she made to herself not to let bullies beat her.

Heidi said: "I am pleased to be moving on from what was a very difficult time. That is all in the past now and I want to get on with my life and concentrate on a singing career.

"We are so proud to be representing Suffolk and it is extra special because we are performing in our home town."

Six-piece a cappella group The Magnets also performed at the show. Group member Steve Trowell is a former Ipswich School pupil whose parents live in the Rushmere area.

Show producer David Webb said: "We have had a fantastic response. It is nearly a full house, so we are absolutely thrilled. It's a very exciting night and is the biggest variety show we have ever attempted. We have some brilliant acts both professional and amateur."

Micky Zany provided comedy for the evening while other acts taking part included Eve Graham and Kevin Fynn from the New Seekers, Ipswich Operatic Society, The Jelly Rolls and international illusionists Chris North and Belinda.

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