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Organisers of the annual Wight Proms event in Cowes are still keeping everything crossed that the festival can go ahead as planned this August, but feel it’s too early to call either way at this stage.

In the meantime, Wight Proms founder Mike Christie is launching the ‘Wight Proms – Stay at Home Gala’ which will be an online concert to thank, raise money for and show our appreciation for the NHS on the Isle of Wight, who risk their lives daily for islanders to stay safe.

The ‘Stay at Home Gala’ will be streamed online on Friday 15th May at 19:00 on the Wight Proms’ YouTube channel.

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The gala will be FREE to watch, but viewers are encouraged to donate in return for watching.

At the gala, there will be a host of Special Guest performances and appearances from some famous faces, as well as some of the Island’s top talent.

Islanders are encouraged to submit a poem, piece of artwork or 30-second video which shows the impact of the lockdown on them, by simply posting it on social media with the hashtag #WightPromsGala and these may be chosen to be part of the gala.

You can tune into the gala by visiting www.youtube.com/channel/UCfZK-OGPK4NI-cUv3319sng.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wight-proms-at-home.

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Wight Proms, the 4-day festival, is due to take place on 20th-23rd August 2020 in the grounds of Northwood House.

For more information visit www.wightproms.co.uk.

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