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BBC Proms row: Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory WILL be sung after U-turn

RULE Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory WILL be sung at the Last Night of the Proms after a BBC u-turn.

The Beeb had scrapped the singing of the historic tunes but faced a furious backlash from Brits.

Beeb bosses have been heavily criticised over the "woke" decision to ban the words to Rule, Brittania! and Land of Hope and Glory from the Last Night of the Proms over the songs' links to slavery and colonialism.

And Boris Johnson entered the row too by blasting the "cringing embarrassment" over Britain's history.

He said last week: "I think it's time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness, I wanted to get that off my chest."

Today the BBC said "both pieces will now include a select group of BBC singers".

The news comes just 24 hours after the new BBC director Tim Davie took over the helm from Lord Hall.

A statement from the Beeb added: "We have been looking hard at what else might be possible and we have a solution.

"This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will be free to sing along at home."

It won't be a full choir and there will be no audience due to Covid-19 fears.

But they added: "We are doing everything possible to make it special and want a Last Night truly to remember."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden today hailed the news.

He said: "Pleased to see common sense has prevailed on the BBC Proms."

And Brexit boss Nigel Farage said at the news: "This just shows the power of public pressure and how hopelessly out of touch the BBC are with their own licence fee payers."

It was reported yesterday that the new chief had threatened to axe comedy shows for being too left wing.

Davie is reportedly set to axe a series of shows, and in his first speech on Thursday will try to restore “trust and confidence” in the BBC.

The ex-BBC chairman Michael Grade has blasted the decision, saying the corporation was "too trapped in the Westminster bubble" and has called everything wrong from the referendum to last year's election."

Rule Britannia song lyrics

When Britain first, at Heaven's command
Arose from out the azure main
Arose, arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter, the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

The nations, not so blest as thee,
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish, shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful, from each foreign stroke
More dreadful, dreadful from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast, the blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame:
All their attempts to bend thee down,
All their attempts to bend thee down
Will but arouse, arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine
Thy cities shall with commerce shine:
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Oh blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown'd,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.
"Rule Britannia! Britannia rule the waves:
"Britons never, never, never will be slaves."

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