12 September 2020 22:38
The video will start in 8 Cancel Get our daily coronavirus email newsletter with all the news you need to know direct to your inbox Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Rule, Britannia! ruled the airwaves after all tonight as the tune was belted out on the BBC. The song was sung at the final night of the Proms after controversy over whether it would be played this year. It comes after the BBC reversed its decision about the anthem at the Last Night Of the Proms following a heavily-politicised battle. People waved EU and Union Jack flags outside the Royal Albert Hall in London as the hotly-anticipated show went ahead.
The BBC performed a U-Turn after it emerged it was considering banning son including Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory from being sung this year. Last month, it was revealed the songs could be performed as instrumental arrangements only amid the coronavirus pandemic, and reports the broadcaster had concerns about the anthems' links to Britain's colonial ans slavery past. (Image: BBC) However its consideration whipped up controversy, as the BBC was accused of stifling patriotism. Key Brexiteer political figures Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg were among those leading the backlash. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also waded into the battle, calling for an end to the "cringing embarrassment" over British history. The Sunday Times reported that the BBC was considering dropping the from the classical music event in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests and concerns about lyrics including: "Britons never shall be slaves." Organisers are said to have feared a backlash because of the perceived association the traditional anthems have with colonialism and slavery. The BBC Singers performed Rule, Britannia! tonight without the traditional audience, to meet social distancing requirements, and without incident. Small groups of demonstrators were pictured outside the venue tonight. Onlookers tweeted photos of people waving Union Jacks and American flags. There was also a contingent wearing EU livery, who also turned out waving the Union's flags.