Light Up Bute have thanked the people of Bute, and those from further afield, who turned up in large numbers to support the annual Rock the Prom event, held on Rothesay Promenade on Saturday night.
The event, now in its third year, attracted approximately 1,800 people from near and far, who were treated to a spectacle of live music, fun and attractions, as well as a massive fireworks display.
The live music stage, hosted by Bute Island Radio DJ Chrissy Kinloch on the evening, included a host of local acts, along with two performers from the mainland,who entertained the crowd.
The evening was opened with Charlene Pendreigh, performing at her second Rock The Prom event. Charlene did not disappoint with hits from artists such as Mariah Carey and Jess Glynne to get the crowd in the mood for what was a lively night of music on the stage. Beth Swan returned to the event for a third year running and did not disappoint those in attendance with her set of classic hits.
The pipers of the Rothesay and District Pipe Band, led by pipe sergeant Neil Gillies, provided an alternative form of musical entertainment from what has been at Rock The Prom in the past, with JoJo Kane returning to the stage later in the evening for a solo piping performance of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Snow Patrol “Chasing Cars”.
Danny Sweet made his Rock the Prom debut, entertaining those in attendance with hits from artists such as George Ezra amongst others. Following on, the local talent continued to flow with performances by Layla Templeton and Nicola Graham, accompanied by John Murray, all making their return to Rock The Prom for a second year.
DJ Chrissy then took to the decks and kept the crowd moving and warmed up with his dance anthems in preparation for the fireworks set off from the end of the pier, with a memorable display that many said was the best fireworks display they have seen on the island.
Following the conclusion of the fireworks to rapturous applause and cheers, Chrissy invited Light Up Bute chairman, Grant Graham, on stage to discuss the future of Rock The Prom, with Grant promising the audience the event will return for 2017.
The musical entertainment continued after the fireworks with the first singer from the mainland, Emma Sarginson from Kilwinning making her Rock The Prom debut, playing an acoustic set of chart hits from artists such as James Arthur and Vance Joy. Local singer Emma Flanagan followed with a compilation of chart hits also.
The stage was closed by the headliner act in the form of 2013 X-Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald. Nicholas entertained those who continued to brave the cold weather with hits from Calum Scott and Walk The Moon amongst others to round off a very successful night for those involved in making the event happen.
Other attractions on the prom to keep everyone entertained included a full funfair, organised by MacKenzie’s Funfairs, with thrills and spills for all the family. Alongside the fairground, motor sport fans were able to view Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Ferrari F1 car, making a special appearance at the event. Kingarth Hotel provided refreshments with their bar at the event, too.
Speaking after the event, Grant said: “To have the people of Bute continue to support this event in the record breaking numbers they have is absolutely unbelievable, and makes the numerous sleepless nights and hard work involved in putting the event together worth it, and I cannot thank everyone enough for continuing to make Rock the Prom a success year on year.
“Seeing the smiles on people’s faces, and the fantastic positive feedback that we have had already really does give a great sense of satisfaction to all that are involved in making the event happen.
“The relatively small team of volunteers we have give 100 per cent all year round to help with events, and even more with this event. A lot of long days to setup, along with the event itself, and the clear up after really does take it out of all those involved.
“Looking towards next year, we hope to be able to announce a date for 2017 in the next few weeks, followed by a programme of events to keep our fun island spirit alive for everyone.”
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>> Photos by Zak Harrison, Jackie Harvey, Chris Kinloch, and MT Photography (all reproduced with permission).