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Promenaders serenade neighbours with EU flags in evidence on last night

Published 11/09/2016

Concert-goers wave a variety flags including that of the EU at the Last Night of the Proms
Concert-goers wave a variety flags including that of the EU at the Last Night of the Proms
Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Singers at the Last Night of the Proms 2016 (BBC)

Concertgoers at BBC's Last Night Of The Proms have shown their solidarity with the European Union by waving EU flags during the performance.

In the run-up to the finale of the annual classical music event, it was reported that anti-Brexit campaigners were trying to drum up support for a twist on the usual Union Flag-waving opportunity by handing out the EU banner to those in attendance instead.

When the programme aired tonight on BBC1, viewers could see the EU flag making appearances in the stalls of the Royal Albert Hall.

There was even one prominently placed on the conductor's stand which was decorated with flags from across the globe.

A crowdfunding page raised more than £1,100 to buy the flags, with the annual musical event apparently chosen as it is "televised and has a very high profile".

An organiser wrote: "As music is such an international activity that benefits greatly from our membership of the EU this event feels an appropriate venue to show UK solidarity with the EU."

They added: "Concertgoers waving EU flags along with the Union Jack would send a message to the world and our own people about how much music lovers value the EU."

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