Kings of karaoke in battle for crown at Forest Town Welfare tonight

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PUB and club singers from across the area will be fighting it out to be crowned the King of Karaoke as a competition comes to a crescendo tonight (Friday).

The competition has seen pop wannabes take the mic at venues across the Mansfield area since the start of March for a series of heats.

And the 28 finalists will be taking to the stage at Forest Town Welfare this evening.

The event is organised by Carol and Ron Newton from Sutton, and is in aid of the Emily Harris Foundation - which supports the work of the neo-natal unit at King’s Mill Hospital.

Scores of hopefuls have been battling it out for a place in the final at multiple venues over the past six weekends, from The Sunnydale in Mansfield Woodhouse, to Longden Terrace WMC in Warsop, and The King and Miller in Sutton .

For the final, the panel of guest judges includes Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton and his wife; current Miss Mansfield Alice Kurylo; Emily Harris Foundation trustee Clare Harris and professional vocalist Sophia Carluccio.

Ron Newton said: “People will be seriously entertained, it’s an amateur competition but there are some real quality singers performing - you would pay really good money to see them. In different circumstances they could put on their own show.

“If we can hold up a cheque for £2,000 at the end of the night, it will have been worthwhile.”

A raffle will be drawn with prizes including a tour of Manchester United, a Gala Casino meal for four, and a pamper day for two. The event at Forest Town Welfare starts at 7.30pm on Friday. Spectators will be charged £2 entry, with all of the money going towards the charity.