There were rousing renditions of Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem as the Newark Patriotic Fund celebrated ten years of helping the Advertiser area's military heroes with a ball that included a mini-prom.
Many of the 272 guests - a record for the annual ball - got to their feet to join in with the hymns and waved Union Flags while even some of the waiters and waitresses at the ball at Newark Showground joined in with the National Anthem while clearing the dinner service away.
Many of those who have received assistance from the Newark Patriotic Fund were there on Saturday night to help share in its achievements.
They included bomb-disposal expert Warrant Officer Ken Bellringer, who was given just a 10%-20% chance of surviving the loss of both legs, both thumbs, a finger and a shattered pelvis in a blast in Afghanistan.
They included Nick Davis, who was the inspiration behind the setting up of the fund after he was blown up by an IED in Afghanistan in 2007 while clearing a Taliban compound and Damian Mackenzie who served three tours of Afghanistan as a combat medic with 2 Mercian.
Mr Davis, of the Grenadier Guards, who woke up from the injuries he sustained to find then Newark MP Patrick Mercer at the foot of his bed and from where the idea for the fund was hatched. Mr Davis was the guest speaker at the event.
One of the most poignant moments of the night was when the final auction lot went under the hammer.
It was a dress worn by beauty queen Alicia Loveday in the final of Miss Great Britain, as Miss Nottingham, to honour her uncle, Corporal Ivano 'Sean' Violino who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007 when an IED went off under the vehicle he was travelling in.
Alicia modelled the dress and was accompanied by her sister Kirsten.
The story of how the lot came to be up for sale immediately prompted a donation of £100 from Falklands War veteran Ian Willis, an ex-Royal Marine.
With some cajoling from auctioneer and patriotic fund trustee John Coles, the dress sold for £400, so £500 in total.
The highest-selling auction lot was an overnight stay at The Stratford 5-star luxury hotel in St James in London that went for £625 while a Vulcan Bomber flight simulation went for £275.
Care and support needed
In his speech, Mr Davis spoke of what happened to him, of how important charities such as the patriotic fund were in plugging gaps in mainstream care and support and how that care and support was needed on an ongoing basis.
He spoke of his own struggles since being injured, not just in battling back from life-altering injuries in losing a leg, but of the amount of surgeries he has had - would need in the future - and of an addiction to prescription painkilling drugs.
"I'm getting through slowly but surely," he said.
"The support we get from charities like the Newark Patriotic Fund helps us better move forward positively."
In introducing Mr Davis, the chairman of the fund, Keith Girling, ex of the Grenadier Guards and who co-funded the charity with Mr Mercer, praised its work over the past ten years and thanked all of those who have supported it in that time.
Entertainment was provided by 1940s singer Jayne Darling and Ratpack singer Matt Shephardson, from Balderton.
There was a casino night, a raffle and dancing.