Who will join the Army of 1916, was the question asked of the 6,500 strong crowd at the Battle Proms picnic concert at Burghley House.
No fear, most of us probably thought quietly, having seen a re-enactment of the military techniques and horsemanship required of those in the Battle of the Somme.
And, looking around at the sea of relaxed faces tucking into sumptuous picnics, very few of us today would be able to do what those men did in battle 100 years ago.
Nevertheless, we saluted them – and all servicemen past and present – as we enjoyed all the pomp and ceremony normally associated with the Battle Proms.
This year’s event included an unforgettable performance from The Rockabellas, a gun salute, Spitfire air display, and music to stir the soul. Jean Hodge