First Night of the Proms
Tonight was the first night of this year's season of BBC Promenade concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was also the first rainfall for weeks, which made for wet queues as promenaders queued outside waiting to be admitted.
I am sure the rain contributed, but the organisation tonight was chaotic, with queues of people with prepaid season and weekend tickets getting mixed up with queues of people hoping to buy promming tickets on the night. The stewards seemed to offer conflicting information and everyone seemed confused. As a result many of us with pre-paid passes were threatened with not being allowed entry because we were unable to get in more than 30 minutes before the start of the concert (a condition of our ticket). However, we got in and the concert was excellent.
The BBC may be great at organising these concerts, but I have to say that their weather forecasts are not so good. This afternoon their forecast said there was very little chance of rain. It was still saying that this evening as we stood in the downpour. A couple of hours later, the weather forecasters must have looked out of the window, because the forecast was then changed to forecast rain until midnight. It had stopped by the time we left the hall at around 10.30.
I don't rely on weather forecasts.