LYTHAM Proms was a tale of two halves as the festival brought a little something for everyone to the Fylde coast.
On Saturday, a more sedate audience watched Fleetwood tenor Alfie Boe return from a worldwide tour to entertain crowds close just down the road from his home town.
And on Sunday a sea of screaming pop fans descended on Lytham Green for the last night at the Proms.
Saturday night is traditionally the evening when the trestle tables and sandwiches are out in force and it is as much about the atmosphere as it is the music.
Fortunately both were good, the local men and women of the Lytham Community Choir warming things up nicely before Alfie Boe, the Fleetwood boy done good, took the place by storm.
Boe showcased his stunning vocal talents on tender songs before the interval, including Roy Orbison’s Crying and a ditty from Les Miserables, the musical Boe starred in.
But in the second half put turned it up a notch, throwing in an Elvis medley alongside some Rolling Stones and the Eagles to get the Lytham crowd bouncing.
Boe proved a master at working the audience in between songs too, seeming genuinely happy to be back on the Fylde coast.
“It’s good to be home”, he shouted to the crowd early on.
“A big shout out for all the people from Fleetwood.”
He also had a running battle with his brother, who had placed himself in front of the stage and was trying to put Alfie off his stride.
Indeed the musical superstar almost had to stop one song – Ewan MacColl’s beautiful The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – because he was laughing so much.
“Thanks for that bro,” he hit out at the end of the song.
He and Laura Wright, a terrific female singer, rounded off the night with a stirring rendition of the national anthem as fireworks exploded in the sky.
And after opening on Friday night with 80s pop and a Saturday night of classical music from Alfie it was left to Olly Murs to inject some pop spirit into the Proms.
Thousands of adoring fans, many donning a trilby in tribute, flocked to see the Essex “cheeky chappy”.
X Factor runner-up Murs adopts the persona of Robbie Williams when performing, in turn receiving gifts of knickers like Tom Jones.
And some of those waving homemade banners, could barely contain their excitement.
Nine-year-old audience member Eve Cairns said: “Before the show my heart was beating so fast. It’s really exciting.”
With catchy tunes and a dash of reggae-ska bounce, the chart topper didn’t need to ask the crowd to Dance With Me Tonight – one of his massive hits – more than once.
Sam Neill, 34, added: “This is my first ever concert and it’s amazing.”
Fylde’s Got Talent winner Kurtis Reid impressed as he opened the show, followed by Murs’ X-Factor coleague Diana Vickers.
But it was London outfit Lonsdale Boys Club who almost stole the show from Murs. The pop-rock three-piece got the crowd going as night drew in, and maybe it was the screams of the crowd which kept those looming clouds at bay.