The Last Night of the Proms, Exmouth – A Brief History

The Last Night of the Proms Concerts  Concerts have raised nearly £70,000 over the years for local and Rotary Charities.

The three Concerts in 1995 to Celebrate 50 years – May for VE day – September for VJ day and a third at Christmas, raised £6,000 and funded the eight flag poles and flags around the seafront Clocktower for that Celebration year.  The following year another two Concerts, the first in March to fund President Tolman’s project a cubicle at the Exeter MS centre.  The second in September 1996 the first general fund  raiser for the Club.

Successive Concerts – which have never changed in format – have mainly been fund-raising except some years when the Clubs finances have been healthy no Proms were organised.  It was originally agreed 20% of profits from Concerts went to the ‘Flag-pole Committee’ to purchase/replace flags.  From 2013 this arrangement has now been taken over by the Town Council and no longer the Clubs agreement.  In 2014 – the Club organised two Concerts – the first in March at Exeter Cathedral a most memorable Club and District event raising for the four Charities involved nearly £14,000 (in real terms £7,500 of that to Rotary’s PolioNow campaign).  The second Concert in September, back at the Exmouth Pavilion,  the Club to share with local Hospiscare.  Since then Last Night of the Proms has filled the Pavilion in 2015 and 2016.