Costumes, classics and sparklers add up to a vintage Last Night at the Blickling Proms
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A skein of geese flew over the lake, the sun began to set, the orchestra struck up Some Enchanted Evening - and the thousands gathered for the Last Night of the Blickling Proms surely agreed that it was.
In contrast to the club atmosphere and fast rhythms of the previous night's Classic Ibiza gig on the National Trust's Blickling Estate, Saturday's proms were mellow and the film-themed music, dreamy.
Fizz corks popped and luxury picnics were spread on spotless tablecloths as Sinfonia Viva, conducted by Roderick Dunk, filled the summer evening air with everything from the Lawrence of Arabia theme music to the Superman March.
Classical harmony trio Blake went down well with their versions of songs including Paul Simon's Bridge Over Troubled Water and Jack Nitzche's Up where We Belong, which saw the crowds waving their arms and Union Flags in time with the chorus.
In the second half, identical twins Classical Reflection, stars from the BBC's The Voice talent show, joined the orchestra and the flags were out in force for the final rousing patriotic medley of British favourites, including Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.
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And revellers were treated to a firework extravaganza before the lids went back on the salad dressings, the picnic rugs were shaken and folded and the happy crowds headed home along rural north Norfolk lanes.
? Among the many prom-goers dressed as film characters at the event were Debra and Chris Warburton and their familiy, from Leicestershire, who came as either Pink Ladies or Danny from the musical Grease.
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'We came to the Ibiza night last night and that was really good. This is less lively, but just as enjoyable,' said Mrs Warburton, who is holidaying in East Runton for the summer.
Amy and Pete Gorbould, from Horsford, went to their first Blickling prom last year and enjoyed it so much they decided to come back with a large group of fellow Harry Potter fan friends, in costume.
The group included their three-month-old daughter Amelia sporting a 'Future Hogwarts Student' babygrow.
'We decided to up the ante this time because we'd seen a lot of groups in costume last year and they all looked so good - it's a great atmosphere,' said Mrs Gorbould.
Birthday boy Melvin Davies and his wife Kathleen, from Seething, were with a large family group, dressed as actors and actresses, all celebrating his 90th birthday.
They included Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Meryl Streep in Suffragette, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes.
'This is our third one. We came for my husband's birthday two years ago and loved it,' said Mrs Davies, dressed as Grace Kelly in High Society.
'It's lovely to have a family get-together and the music is great.'
Also celebrating was Michelin-starred chef Galton Blakiston, from the Morston Hall Hotel, near Blakeney.
Mr Blakiston gave up a trip to Carrow Road to watch his beloved Norwich City FC play to spend his 54th birthday with friends at the prom instead.
Prom-goer Steve Smith, from Sheringham, managed to follow the Canaries' match against Sheffield Wednesday, which ended 0-0, through a radio earpiece before the music began.
He and wife Sarah, dressed in red, white and blue, are Blake fans and had seen the trio last year on Cromer Pier.
'It's our first time at this event - I think it's brilliant - such a good atmosphere,' said Mr Smith.
Norwich couple Lisa and Tom Price and their families celebrated National Afternoon Tea Week by dressing up as characters from Alice in Wonderland and taking along a Mad Hatter's tea party complete with 'Eat me' and 'Drink me' labels.
'So many people have been taking our photographs that we've hardly had time to eat it!' said Mrs Price.
The group won the prize for the best costumes at the event.