Shuttleworth Collection’s Flying Proms scores sky-high visitor numbers for 21st show

PUBLISHED: 17:13 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 21 August 2018

Crowds enjoying the event. Picture: Darren Harbar Photography

Crowds enjoying the event. Picture: Darren Harbar Photography

Darren Harbar Photography

Shuttleworth celebrated 21 years of the Flying Proms with a sell-out show at the weekend.

There were vintage bus rides. Picture: Darren Harbar PhotographyThere were vintage bus rides. Picture: Darren Harbar Photography

Shuttleworth celebrated 21 years of the Flying Proms with a sell-out show at the weekend.

Visitors enjoying vintage bus rides, interactive Bofors gun experience, and the chance to explore The House and the Swiss Garden before the main concert on Saturday.

Eight of the collection’s aircraft displayed to a variety of pieces, played by the National Symphony Orchestra, from Holst’s ‘Mars’ to Goodwin’s ‘633 Squadron’.

During the interval, visitors were wowed with a colourful lights and pyro act from the Twister team duo, followed by a breath taking pyrotechnics routine from aerobatic champion Mark Jefferies.

Opera singer Annette Wardell. Picture: Darren Harbar PhotographyOpera singer Annette Wardell. Picture: Darren Harbar Photography

The second half of the evening came alive with rousing numbers from the National Symphony Orchestra, with steam engine Dorothy getting in on the act with a whistling accompaniment to the traditional ‘hornpipe’.

Shuttleworth’s Ciara Harper said: “The Flying Proms is a well-loved tradition with many of our visitors, but this year we were delighted to welcome a significant number of ‘first timers’, leading to a sell-out show.

“It’s one of our favourite events on our calendar so it’s a privilege to be able to share this with our visitors!”

The date for next year’s Flying Proms will be announced on the Shuttleworth website www.shuttleworth.org/events by mid-October.

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