BANDS are all lined up for Aldershot's very own flag-waving Proms extravaganza on September 7 — but there is a worrying note for organisers.
Tickets sales have been slow and Garrison Sgt Maj Graham McNally, who is putting the charity show together for the Aldershot army garrison, is praying for a last minute surge.
The annual Proms Extravaganza, at the Maida Gym in Queen's Avenue, has become a significant date on the Rushmoor calendar, raising money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Army Benevolent Fund. This year's local charity to benefit is the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
GSM McNally is desperate to raise as much money as he can, but admitted: "Ticket sales are not what they should or would normally be. We have normally sold up to 400 by now (September 3) but so far it is only 200."
He believed a rival Music in the Arena Weekend event at Rushmoor Arena could have been a key reason for the poor sales, but that has now been cancelled.
"Another factor is that the Proms night is normally held earlier in the summer, but it was switched to September this year because of the golden jubilee celebrations," he added.
There is a dazzling line-up ready to lead the patriotic fiesta. Royal British Legion bands from Farnborough, Lancing, and Sompting and Horsham will be there, as will The Old Basing Corps of Drums and The Bagshot Band.
Rushmoor Choir and vocalists Cindy Stickland and Adele Coleman will lead the audience in many traditional Proms songs.
A Scottish flavour will be added courtesy of Pipe Major Mark Chesman.
The £10 ticket buys you everything you need for such a night — Union flags and hats, a programme and song sheets, plus entry into the prize raffle.
Advance tickets are available from The Dressing Up Shop at 139 High Street, Aldershot, Bransons at 75 Camp Road, North Camp, the Princes Hall box office, or on the door, subject to availability. Doors open at 6pm for a 7pm start.
GSM McNally said: "My message would be just come along — you'll have a great time."