SILSDEN'S Proms on the Farm struck a chord with the public – despite wet weather.

Hundreds of people attended the event, at the riverside field, in Keighley Road.

And £5,000 was raised, to be split between Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice Manorlands and Silsden Methodist Church.

There were performances from soloists Sarah Halstead and April Elizabeth, The 1960 Four and Proms debutant the Hot Aire concert band, and a Last Night of the Proms-style flag-waving finale was once again led by Tewit Silver Band.

A best-dressed gazebo competition – judged by Silsden town mayor Councillor Mags Croft and deputy Councillor Rebecca Whitaker – was won by a Wild West-themed creation, with a Harry Potter entry runner up.

The event was formally opened by local MP Robbie Moore.

Businesses and organisations supported the Proms through sponsorship and donations of items for an auction and raffle.

Lead organiser, William Jowitt, says: "A huge 'thank you' goes to everyone who braved the rain to come along and support the event. It just goes to show what hardy folk we are in Silsden!

"We were delighted to see so many people there to support our two charities, and we’re indebted to the businesses, organisations and individuals who gave their time, services or money to help make the Proms such a big success once again.

"We’ve already booked next year’s event for Saturday, July 20."

Mr Moore said: "It was a real pleasure to be invited to open this year’s event. It may have poured, but that did not dampen Silsden spirits at all!

"A massive 'well done' goes to all involved in organising Silsden Proms on the Farm."