The 27th Ball of the Year was held at Scarborough, North Yorkshire from Friday 27th
May to Sunday 29th May 2011.
Dancers started arriving in Scarborough, early in the week from all over the UK to
do some sightseeing before the weekend began – including a very welcome contingent
who had travelled all the way from Canada to be with us.
The venue this year was the Ocean Ballroom, superbly positioned, right on the seafront,
slightly elevated so as to give us all magnificent views across the Bay and out to
Our 2 hotels, the Brooklands and Weston Hotels were situated only a few hundred yards
from the Ocean Ballroom –
The Hotels were at the top of the cliffs and the Ballroom at the bottom, so special
coaches were laid on to escort the incredibly Well Dress Passengers the short scenic
route to the Ballroom. In the foyer of the Ballroom Fyna Dance Shoes had set
up shop with a glittering collection of dance shoes for sale, much to the absolute
delight of all the ladies – although I did catch a fleeting glance of total despair
on a number of Gentlemen’s faces!! As they strode off manfully to the Bar.
Friday Night – the pre-Ball got off to a flying start with almost 200 dancers in
attendance with a wonderful program of dances from our excellent hosts and leaders
for the evening Ron & June Urquhart from Hull in East Yorkshire. Their task was
made easier, because right behind them was that fine Musician Mr Philip Randles,
who provided the music for all 3 evenings. With 20 dances on the program and everyone
wanting to do every dance plus 11 sets for the Quadrilles, the evening seemed to
Saturday morning dawned bright and early. The men ate a hearty breakfast before dutifully
escorting the Ladies on their spiritual pilgrimage to the High Street Shops to buy
“STUFF”. It was indeed an impressive sight to see such self-less dedication to duty
by both Ladies & Gentlemen – it made one proud to be British.
Saturday Night - The Ball of the Year with once again over 200 in attendances proved
to be a glittering affair, presided over by our President and his wife, Fred & Joyce
Boast from Middlewich in Cheshire. With a superb and impressive 27 dances on the
programme Including 2 set dances (as it used to be) it was going to be a tight schedule,
but we needn’t have worried, with excellent leading and a full floor for every dance,
including 10 sets for the Caledonians and a very impressive 5 sets for the Waltz
Cotillion the evening flew by. Our very welcome Guest of Honour was - Mr Derek
Young - Fellow Examiner & Vice President of the UKA.
After a very late night, Sunday dawned, Too Bright & Too Early, but there was an
unmistakable air of excitement everywhere because the social events organiser had
organised an escorted coach trip for us all by that World renown International Travel
Company “PINK WINDMILL TOURS” to be personally escorted by its chief executive Mrs
Hazel Harding. The coach set off at 10-30am for a whistle stop tour of the Yorkshire
Coast, starting at Robin Hoods Bay, a beautiful olde worlde fishing village down
a very steep winding road. It was then on to Whitby, a beautiful picturesque fishing
port and harbour, where we all enjoyed a couple of hours. With no expense spared,
‘PINK WINDMILL’ had laid on for us an open air demonstration of Old Time Clog dancing
by some local dance groups. We were invited to join in, but our coach arrived for
our return journey, thus depriving the crowd of an ‘interesting spectacle’. On
our return journey ‘PINK WINDMILL’ had arranged for some SINGERS to be aboard to
serenade our journey home. They sang such lovely old classics as “I am the Music
Man” & “The Wheels on the Bus go round and round” with interesting and unusual vocal
variations provided by the Sabden & Leicester choral society – an unforgettable experience.
Sunday Night – the Post Ball, our last evening together was hosted by the excellent
Kath & Keith Jackson from Sheffield in Yorkshire. With almost 200 dancers in attendance
and another great traditional Old Time program the floor was again full for every
dance including 11 sets for the Lancers. As with all last night’s there was a
party atmosphere which made the evening and the whole weekend a very enjoyable experience
for everybody – as they returned to their hotels tired, exhausted but happy.
When events such as this run so smoothly & efficiently we can sometimes take it for
granted and forget that this does not happen by chance or accident. It can only happen
because of the huge amount of work, time and effort put in, sometimes years in advance,
by the committee and their partners, particularly by the events secretary and his
wife whose tireless efforts guarantee that the rest of us can all have a good time.
So many, many congratulations & thanks to Paul & Hazel Harding and the rest of the
committee plus everyone else who worked so hard to make this years Ball of the Year