Live music and fireworks dazzle audiences at the South Coast Proms

IN TUNE The Massed Bands of Her Majestry's Royal Marines

IN TUNE The Massed Bands of Her Majestry's Royal Marines

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ONE of the best military bands and a fireworks displayed wowed crowds at the South Coast Proms.

Last night’s event on Whale Island was headlined by the world-famous Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.

IN TUNE The Massed Bands of Her Majestry's Royal Marines

IN TUNE The Massed Bands of Her Majestry's Royal Marines

They performed a mix of classical, contemporary, military and mainstream music.

The night ended with a big fireworks display which was perfect for the warm evening.

One of the South Coast Proms organisers, Royal Marine Warrant Officer Reg Sheen, said: ‘It was a fantastic night.

‘It was far better attended than last year’s event, with several thousand people coming.

‘The looks on peoples’ faces showed they had a tremendous time and there was a real party feel to the place.

‘As people were getting on coaches to go home, music was still playing, giving it a party atmosphere.’

The event took around six months to organise and plans are already in place to work on next year’s proms.

Donations and money from the show, which also takes place tonight, will go to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, which supports former and serving naval personnel and their families should the worst happen.

There are still tickets left for tonight’s performance.

To find out more visit southcoastproms.com.

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