(From left) Tori Rafton, Bec Riddle, Emma Washbourne, Naomi Mauch, Grace Peterson and April Lamb make their debut at the annual Caledonian Society Highland Debutante Ball.
(From left) Tori Rafton, Bec Riddle, Emma Washbourne, Naomi Mauch, Grace Peterson and April Lamb make their debut at the annual Caledonian Society Highland Debutante Ball.

360 attend Caledonian Deb Ball

SCOTLAND came to Warwick on Saturday night at the 62nd annual Highland Debutante Ball.

A crowd of 360 turned out at St Mary's Hall to witness 24 young debutantes make their entrance into society.

Caledonian committee member Wendy Schelbach said the attendance was one of the best she had seen.

“We are especially grateful to have official guests Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg, Mayor Ron Bellingham and wife Kath, and Kym and Katrina Flehr from the Toowoomba Caledonian Society with us tonight,” she said.

The hall was decorated to perfection in purple and green and guests were treated to a full program of Scottish entertainment which included highland dancing from the Inverness Highland Dance Studio, sets from the Warwick Thistle Pipe Band and music throughout the night from Scottish band Whisky Mac.

Chieftan of the Warwick Caledonian Society Alexander Mansfield said it was wonderful to see everyone dancing and enjoying the night.

“It's lovely to see traditions such as the Debutante Ball alive and well in Warwick,” he said.

Local identity Doug Cutmore, who has been an active member of the Warwick Caledonian Society for over 40 years, said he was thrilled to have been invited to receive the debutantes at this year's ball.

“It is a great honour to receive the debutantes, one which I will always cherish,” he said.



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