Last Night Of The Proms 'best yet' for Humberston Park
A CHARITY concert raised more than £2,500 for Humberston Park Special School's hydrotherapy pool appeal.
Organised by the Humberston Happening Committee, the Last Night Of The Proms concert was once again performed by the Lincolnshire Hospitals' Band.
The event, which is now in its fifth year, was held at the Showbar at Thorpe Park and it was bigger and better than ever before.
The crowd certainly got into the patriotic spirit of things, donning their St George Cross hats and waving their Union flags.
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Brian Marsh, chairman of the Humberston Park hydrotherapy pool appeal, said: "This is the most successful proms night we have ever had.
"Year after year, we gain more and more support, which makes the event even more exciting.
"Some people tell me it is as good as the real thing at the Albert Hall, which is fantastic to hear.
"Humberston Park takes children with profound learning and physical disabilities from the age of two, and it's really important that they can access the pool to help them with their development.
"It is a unique pool for our area and it is a way disabled children can feel free with movement. It costs up to £40,000 a year to run the pool which is why events like this are so important."
Trevor Grayson, vice-chairman of the Humberston Happening Committee, said he always enjoys organising the event for such a good cause.
He said: "It's a win, win situation – I enjoy organising it and people enjoy watching it and we raise money for a good cause!
"There has been a good response for this year's event and people always enjoy it.
"It just gets bigger year after year. Two years ago we only had 200 people attending – this year we have had 500."
Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton, attended and he was very impressed after a tour of the hydrotherapy pool.
He said: "It's a great cause. Brian Marsh took me round to look at the pool and I was very impressed with how it helps disabled children. Every penny counts and I am glad events like this are so well attended."
Humberston Parish Council chairman Harry Hall said he always looks forward to the event.
"The atmosphere was tremendous," he said.
"It's great to see so many people here supporting a fantastic charity."
Also attending was Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, who said it is always a fun night reinventing the BBC's Last Night Of The Proms.
"It's my third time here and I am delighted to attend again," he added.
"It's such a worthy cause and it's great to see the event getting bigger each year."
Taking to the stage was Susan Shorland, the Lincolnshire Hospitals' Band's musical director. Adding that the band always gets a good response from Cleethorpes audiences, she said: "Every year we look forward to performing here. We gave the audience a good show, performing classical music and, of course, the finale at the end with proms music.
"For the first time we also had ten-year-old Ethan Windle performing a drum solo – he was fantastic."
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