|Swan song for a very British summer!
Pennington Proms in the Park taken in 2009.
It’s been a year of Union Flag waving celebrations across the nation!
Both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics have seen national pride swell on the streets.
Now Wigan and Leigh folk are being urged to dig out the flags one last time and prepare themselves for an epic blast of “ Land of Hope and Glory” as the borough hosts, not one, but, two Proms in the Park Celebrations.
For the eighth year running Pennington Hall Park in Leigh will hold their Proms in the Park event on Saturday 8 September.
For the first time the event will also be held in Mesnes Park, Wigan on Saturday 15 September.
Performances will take place in the newly restored bandstand, part of Phase One of Mesnes Park’s multi-million pound refurbishment.
The borough’s own particular version of Last Night of the Proms will feature the Tyldesley Band playing a repertoire of favourite ‘Last Night’ music such as Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and the National Anthem.
Local male vocalist Chris Stacey, is returning by popular demand, with a selection of modern favourites.
Joanne Ramdewor from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s parks team said: “It’s been an absolutely wonderful year of celebration across the country.
“So we’re hoping people will come out in their full flag flying force for our end of summer celebration.”
Although Last Night of the Proms is predominantly held in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Prom is short for promenade concert, a term which originally referred to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra was playing.
Joanne added: “Whether you’re a classical music fan or not Proms in the Park is a must see event.
“This is fantastic opportunity to get together with your friends, pack a picnic and enjoy a feast of music that will invoke national and local pride.
“The additional event at Mesnes this year is a first and we hope it’s as well attended as the one at Pennington.”
Tickets are on sale now for both events which start at 6pm. Adults £7.50, Children £5. Phone 01942 828 508 to book.