Friday, July 19, 2024

Bulphan Jubilee Proms in the Park

Report by Janet McCheyne

Despite very unsettled weather on Jubilee Saturday, a team of young dads, Thurrock Scouts and me put up the Scouts’ Gala tent and Dave Hale set up the lights and PA system. We were optimistic that Proms in the Park would be able to be held outdoors!

And although it was quite a chilly evening, people turned up, went home for blankets, and came back and enjoyed a lovely evening of traditional Proms pieces, including a set especially in honour of the Olympics and all our favourites, including the Dambusters March. Compere Dave Bowman welcomed promenaders from America, Germany and Scotland, as well as those who had travelled all of 50 metres to attend!

Towards the end of the second half, rain threatened, and a few items had to be omitted so that our amazing soloist, Emily Martin, could lead us in singing Land of Hope and Glory (which she did splendidly) and John from MLE Pyrotechnics could finish our evening with a spectacular fireworks display.

We are very grateful to Essex Legacy who provided us with a grant towards running this event, and towards producing the Olympic bunting and flags. Thanks also to Fiona and Dave Bowman and Becontree Brass, Romford Lions for lighting, Colin Pankhurst for kindly allowing us extra parking space, Bulphan School for PA, Rod Addison for waving his really big flag, Stuart for leading us in the National Anthem and everyone for supporting the event.

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