first_imgThe Last Night traditionally has a party atmosphere Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. First came a campaign to flood the Last Night of the Proms with the EU flag. Then, the backlash.Now, it appears Brittania may indeed rule at the Royal Albert Hall, as a millionaire businessman said he would hand out 10,000 Union Flags to concert-goers.Arron Banks, who led the Leave.EU campaign ahead of the referendum, has paid £5,000 for the flags, which he hopes will be waved by patriotic Prommers at the event watched by millions around the world.Last night he and his aides contacted the one million supporters on Leave.EU’s database to urge them to help hand out the flags, launching the Save Our Proms campaign. The Royal Albert Hall is usually decked out in flags for the Last Night Arron Banks, millionaire backer of Save Our Proms Volunteers from each side will now meet outside the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, with the concert hall likely to see more flags than ever, even for the traditionally colourful Last Night.A spokesman for the EU campaign insisted they were not planning to “hijack” the evening for the Remain cause, saying flags would simply be “handed out with a smile” alongside information leaflets about the benefits of the EU for musicians.Judith Palmer, one of the EU flag campaign’s organisers, said it was not intended to make a political point about Brexit but to make musicians from Europe feel welcomed in Britain.“The project isn’t about overturning a vote, it’s about celebrating our identity and making musicians feel welcome,” she said. “Given the tensions there have been since the referendum, we want to show we are not an insular country. He said: “It is a British event and nothing to do with the EU – this is a pathetic attempt by the desperate ‘Remoaners’ to hijack a celebration of Britain.“I will be handing out union flags personally. I don’t know what they are trying to prove – we won! Brexit happened and nothing the IN side will do will change that.”A message on the “Save Our Proms” campaign website, launched last night, said: “The Last Night of the Proms has been a bastion of British culture and identity for decades.“Seeing activists try and hijack it to campaign for the EU reeks of desperation. They need to accept the result and move on.”center_img It comes days after anti-Brexit campaigners launched their own campaign to hand out European flags at the Last Night, aimed at showing “solidarity with the EU” and using the event’s high profile to “send a message to the world”.The movement was yesterday backed by the Musicians’ Union, which represents more than 90 per cent of members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing on the night.In a statement, the union’s general secretary John Smith said they hoped the waving of EU flags would “demonstrate solidarity with our European neighbours and remind government of the need to consider issues affecting musicians in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”Mr Banks told The Daily Telegraph he wanted Prommers to instead “wave the union flag with pride and throw away the star spangled banner of oppression by casting aside the illegitimate EU flag.” “Every time you go to the Proms, you could be sitting next to an Italian on one side and French person on the other, listening to a violinist from a German orchestra.“We want everyone to feel they are amongst friends.”A spokesman for the BBC has said: “Flags are a traditional part of the Last Night of the Proms and audience members are not prevented from bringing them into the Hall.”The Last Night of the Proms is due to be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC One, starting at 7.15pm on Saturday.  The Last Night traditionally has a party atmosphere Arron Banks, millionaire backer of Save Our PromsCredit:Ben Birchall The Royal Albert Hall is usually decked out in flags for the Last Nightlast_img

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