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BBC announces new Northern Ireland venue for Proms in the Park

Co Fermanagh will host the BBC Northern Ireland's Proms in the Park for the first time, it has been announced.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event at Castle Coole in Enniskillen on September 9, 2017.

The concert - which is now in its 16th year in Northern Ireland - was held at Belfast's Titanic Slipways in 2016.

The Ulster Orchestra, led by David Brophy, as well as a number of acclaimed musicians will perform at this year's event, which will be hosted by Claire McCollum and Noel Thompson.

The show will be broadcast live on on BBC Radio Ulster, with moments transmitting live on BBC television and a highlights programme shown at a later date.

The venue announcement has been welcomed by DUP Leader Arlene Foster.

She said: “I am delighted that Proms in the Park will this year be coming from Enniskillen. The Last Night of the Proms is a national institution and it is fantastic to see Proms in the Park coming to the west of Northern Ireland for the first time.

"I have long been asking the BBC to consider bringing the event to County Fermanagh and Castle Coole is a wonderful choice of venue.”

A spokesperson for the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council added: "The Council  is confident that Castle Coole will prove to be an inspired choice of venue to mark BBC Northern Ireland’s contribution to the closing night of the world’s largest classical music festival.

"Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is delighted to be associated with this year’s event and looks forward to welcoming visitors to the district to join in what promises to be a wonderful evening."

More than 90 concerts will take place across the UK as part of this year's Proms festival.

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