A FANTASTIC NIGHT OF FIREWORKS, LASERS AND CLASSICAL MUSIC
July 31, 2002
The college's beautiful 47-acre lakeside area formed the perfect backdrop for the evening, entitled The Full Monty, which featured music from popular films.
The sell-out 3,000-strong crowd enjoyed music from The New Millennium Orchestra, and the evening was again topped off with the traditional lantern-bearing, flag-waving and a rousing chorus of Land of Hope and Glory.
Events Manager Ali Robertson said the event was as popular as ever, with some people being turned away at the gate.
She added: "It is a very English atmosphere and people love it.
"Some would come back even if it was raining and they would wear bin bags!"
Co-producer Keith Holmes, who has been involved with all six of the spectacular Bearwood shows said it was a real chance for visitors to relax.
He said: "It's because we don't have lots of rules. People can just sit back and have a good time."
Visitors to the show seemed to agree as they enjoyed their wine and sandwiches.
Andrea Weston, from Wargrave, said: "We've been in previous years and it's a nice, friendly atmosphere. The music's good and we have been lucky with the weather."
Her friend, Susan Scull from Twyford, added: "The combination of the music and the beautiful setting is great. We love waving our arms and our flags at the end."
One Woosehill family chose the unique location for a double celebration.
Clive Parker and wife Erica were joined by their children as they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary as well as Clive's 63rd birthday.
Mr Parker, whose brother Rod is married to wife Erica's sister Sylvia, said it was a "wonderful" place to celebrate.
John Culverhouse, managing director of Classic Fantastic, the company that runs the shows, said that it was a great event that had everyone dancing by the end of the evening.
He said: "People can just sit and chat and we don't try and impose anything on them.
"We have chosen the music to suit the evening and the beautiful setting.
He added he was already looking forward to planning next year's event and members of the public were invited to submit their suggestions for a theme.
Send your ideas to Classic Fantastic Ltd, FREEPOST, Luton, LU1 4BR or phone 0845 1302001.
l A collection was held on behalf of MacMillan Cancer Relief which is expected to have topped £1,000.