BBC laughs: Land of Hope and Glory hits number one after Proms row | UK | News


Dame Vera Lynn’s version of the traditional hymn is currently number one and number two in the table. It comes after a Twitter campaign by outspoken actor Laurence Fox in response to the BBC’s announcement of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia would not be sung on the last night of the proms.

The actor urged his fans to help propel the British song to number one, saying, “Should @BBC be playing it then? What a beautiful day that would be.When he reached number one, he tweeted: “Absolutely amazing! Number 1. What a beautiful day! People have been talking @BBC. ”

Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney added: “Getting Land Of Hope & Glory at No.1 and No.2 may seem like a small victory.

“But this is not the case. It is a totemic and symbolic backlash.

“The revivals have finally awakened the silent majority. Let’s continue to fight!

“And hats off to @LozzaFox for rallying the troops.”

Brexiteer Emily Hewertson wrote: ‘How can the British Broadcasting Company be so disconnected from Britain?

“Common sense prevailed. I like this country. ”

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The dispute over Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia was sparked by reports that the two songs could be removed from Last Night of the Proms due to their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.

But the BBC fueled controversy when the broadcaster confirmed traditional favorites would be performed but without the lyrics.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stepped in and insisted it was time for us to “end our shame about our history”.

He said yesterday: “I just want to say, if it’s okay, which I can’t believe it really is, but if it’s okay, let the BBC say they won’t sing Land’s lyrics. Of Hope And Glory or Rule, Britannia! As they traditionally do at the end of The Last Night of the Proms…

“I think it’s time we stopped our squeaky embarrassment about our history, traditions and culture, and we put an end to this general bout of self-recrimination and dampness.

“I wanted to get that off my chest. ”

And business secretary Alok Sharma suggested the BBC use captions so viewers can sing along at home.

He told Times Radio: “Personally I would love to see the lyrics sung and of course it’s always possible to have the lyrics subtitled on the screen so if people want they can participate in the. House. “

There will be no audience at the concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on September 12 due to coronavirus restrictions.

Audience members usually sing and wave flags with enthusiasm when Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory perform.

BBC chief executive Lord Hall has said he supports the decision to drop lyrics this year.

The BBC has confirmed that the hugely popular patriotic hymns will be sung at Last Night of the Proms next year.


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