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UPDATED: QUESTIONS RAISED OVER FUTURE OF POPULAR ROCK CHALLENGE AND J-ROCK COMPETITIONS

Ryde Academy's performance in 2017. Photos: Nick Scott Photography

UPDATED: Thousands of children, parents and teachers across the country – including here on the Isle of Wight – are awaiting news on whether the popular Rock Challenge and J-Rock dancing events will be going ahead in 2019.

Rumours have been flying around that the events have been postponed or cancelled altogether, with the O2 Guildhall in Southampton confirming that ticket sales have been suspended for events due to take place this week.

Schools across the Isle of Wight have been busy preparing for the senior and junior events but there is a question mark over whether or not the teams will take to the stage in Portsmouth and Southampton.

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Be Your Best Foundation have told Island Echo that they are not commenting on the situation at the moment, but will be issuing a press release to the media shortly. It is hoped that the press release will be issued later today (Wednesday).

UPDATE THURSDAY – A spokesperson from UK Rock Challenge has said:

“Our events will be beginning next Monday, February 11, where we will host six shows at Portsmouth Guildhall.

“We are working closely with venues, sponsors and schools to ensure the events continue to go ahead smoothly as planned. We appreciate your interest in our events.”

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