The ladies never need an excuse to dust off our tiaras, fascinators and diadems, or to don a gown and some show stopping shoes. However having a genuine reason to dress up is all the more fun.
Lady Wordsmith, Lady Metal and I attended the Waitrose charity ball in aid of Alzheimer’s research along with some of our other lady friends. The ball was held in the Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens complex. A spectacular venue (formally known as the Concert Hall) designed by Buxton Architect, Robert Rippon Duke opened in 1875. The room, as its name suggests is octagonal in shape and has a high vaulted ceiling. The well-tended pleasure gardens along with the promenade and the band stand outside; make it an excellent spot for events or simply sitting and people watching.
On arrival we were met with a refreshing glass of Pimms before we headed in to say hello. After a giddy whirl of introductions and chatting with friends old and new, we ate, drank and made merry. We bought raffle tickets and sat with bated breath as the host called out the winning numbers, sadly no prizes for the ladies but of course the real winner on the night was Alzheimer’s Research.
A local photographer Ellena Rose Photography had set up a ‘photo booth’ and great fun was had by all, posing with the props and general tomfoolery. Of course we all pestered her endlessly for pictures and she kindly obliged.
We were entertained by a local band the Havana Saints, their fantastic vocalist drawing us all to the dance floor.
As the night drew to a close we all channelled our inner Cinderella, slipping off home before the spell was broken and already looking forward to the next.