Letter: Elgar mit uns

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The Independent Online
Sir: I have read with some amusement the correspondence concerning the Last Night of the Proms. On German televison, the commentator was at pains to emphasise the tradition and to point out the lack of nationalism and jingoism. He also counted the flags of 18 nations other than of the countries of the United Kingdom, and made the distinction between England and the other countries of the Union.

That most Promenaders go along for a sing-song was underscored by his comment that two German couples sitting near him were singing along 'lustily' and evidently knew all the words.



Dusseldorf, Germany

15 September