Battle Proms at Burghley House goes off with a bang

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Thousands of people revelled in a spectacular evening of thoroughly British entertainment in the grand surroundings of Burghley House on Saturday.

Crowds at the ninth annual Battle Proms at Burghley House were wowed by aerial displays from The Blades Aerobatic Display Team, a Spitfire fly-past, more than 200 cannons, cavalry demonstrations, fireworks and soul-stirring classical music against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificent Tudor house.

Many partygoers took advantage of the sunny weather to get to Burghley early and relax with hampers and champagne, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, or visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and get in to the party spirit led by warm-up act The Rockabellas.

Thousands picnicked in the park while enjoying a host of classical favourites by the New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes.

Amongst the music on offer was Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, which had added emphasis to it as this year’s prom celebrates its 200th anniversary.

The evening was hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.

The night closed with a traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory finished with a dazzling fireworks display.