Spirits rise as sun shines on Proms concert

St John's music group at Proms in the Pddock 2013
St John's music group at Proms in the Pddock 2013

After last year’s rain-soaked wash-out, spirits were high at the annual Proms in the Paddock concert at Clifton.

More than 350 people crowded into the garden of hosts Ed and Debbie Spivey who have held the event for the past nine years.

Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Proms in the Paddock 2013

Crowds enjoy the sunshine at Proms in the Paddock 2013

The event was started as a one-off to raise money for St John’s Church. It was such a success that £1,500 was raised and the Proms became a regular event on the calendar - through all sorts of weather.

But last year, after torrential rain in June and early July, the event was postponed until August.

One of the organisers, Pat Ward, said: “It was great that the weather was so good this year and the Proms went ahead as planned. Everyone seemed to be so relieved that summer had arrived and there was a really good atmosphere. It was one of the best Proms concerts Clifton has held - and the scorching weather certainly helped.”

Entertainment came from Proms regulars Clifton and Lightcliffe Band and soprano Rachel Crisp. Rachel’s father Glenn was a soloist, performing the Post Horn Gallop on a variety of instruments.

The evening ended on a high note with the traditional firework finale and Pomp and Circumstance from the band.

Pat said: “People sat in the sunshine and enjoyed their picnics and stayed until late. It was truly a memorable evening and several thousands of pounds were raised for St John’s Church.”

But the next Proms in the Paddock, the tenth, could well be the last.

“Ed and Debbie have been fantastic with their support over the last nine years but it’s a big ask for them to keep on going. We said that this year’s would be the penultimate Proms so we’ll have to see what happens.”

The next and final Proms will be held on July 5, 2014.