THE sun finally broke through the gloomy looking clouds as Katherine Jenkins appeared on stage at Lytham Proms.
But although rain continually threatened picnic plans of revellers, the champagne continued to flow as crowds tucked into smoked salmon and strawberries.
The National Symphony Orchestra, led by Anthony Inglis, warmed up with an uplifting collection of melodies from musical My Fair Lady.
And then, without warning, Katherine appeared on stage in a show-stopping purple ball gown and with a mega-watt smile.
Her voice soared out across the Fylde, mesmerising many prom-goers, as she launched into arias from Sampson and Delilah and Somewhere from West Side Story.
There were cheers as she announced Wynne Evans from those maddening Go Compare adverts was unable to attend, and instead she introduced Tenor Thomas Spencer Wortley, who stepped in at the last minute.
He drew applause with his version of You Raise Me Up, and later one of his own compositions, before Katherine appeared on stage once more.
Her change into a stunning red ball gown, which was slashed at the chest, distracted many males in the audience as she gave a sneak preview of two songs from her forthcoming album.
The singer charmed throughout with shy sounding giggles between songs, and later as she patiently read dozens of messages.
The second half, and another two dazzling frocks, saw her triumph as she belted out I Will Always Love You in Italian, I dreamed A Dream in French as well as Angel, Hallelujah and a Scottish folk song, Black Is The Colour.
Peter Taylor, from Cuffe and Taylor Event Management, says he is delighted with the 2011 Lytham Proms.
He told The Gazette: “It has been magnificent and we are absolutely thrilled it has been such a success.
“The crowds have been amazing and the people of Lytham have been amazing.
“We have had people come from as far as Hong Kong and Singapore, so it has really put Lytham on the worldwide stage.
“Everything has been fantastic, including all the local businesses and the partners. We estimate that it has been a boost of at least £1m to the local economy.
“All the artists have said the venue and the way they have been looked after is the best they have experienced this year.”