1940s music and fashion at Blickling Hall proms concert

Left to right, Mary Wilson, Darren Edgeway and Natasha Edgeway enjoying last year's Blickling proms

Left to right, Mary Wilson, Darren Edgeway and Natasha Edgeway enjoying last year's Blickling proms event. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The sights and sounds of the 1940s will fill the air at a Norfolk stately home for a musical extravaganza.

Blickling Hall, near Aylsham, is hosting its Last Night of the Blickling Proms outdoor concert for the fourth year running on Saturday August 8.

This year's event is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the estate being bequeathed to the National Trust by its last private owner, Philip Kerr, the 11th Marquess of Lothian, after his death in 1940.

Concert-goers are being encouraged to dress up in their best 1940s outfits.

The best-dressed person will win a magnum of Champagne as well as four tickets and a hamper for next year's proms event.

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Jo Bosch, from the National Trust Blickling Estate, said: 'It's going to be a special year for Blickling. We have some fresh and exciting things up our sleeves and the proms is one of the year's signature events.'

The Grace Spitfire will start the evening at 7.30pm with a choreographed routine to Ron Goodwin's Battle of Britain tune, which will lead on to other well-loved music from the 1940s.

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Conductor Roderick Dunk will lead the concert, which includes music by Sinfonia Viva.

The free concert car parks open at noon on the day and gates open at 4pm, Tickets cost £33 in advance or £36 on the night. Call 01263 223500 or visit www.revival-productions.co.uk

Are you organising a 1940s event? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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