Town and country unite at ball
FOR some it's the chance to get dressed up, for others it's a time to mingle, but for those who attend the Warwick Town and Country Matrons' Ball, it's undoubtedly the highlight of their social calendar.
Steeped in tradition, the 60-year-old ball is as popular as ever.
It is a strictly invite-only event with a no-excuses-accepted formal dress and behavioural code, and for Warwick Town and Country Matrons committee member, Sally Carr, this faithfulness to the past enthuses her year after year.
“I love the tradition and I hope they never lose it – even the younger ones who come are keen to keep that,” she said.
The concept was to bring women from both the town and country together in one celebration.
The term “matron” traditionally meant a married woman, but this is one convention that has moved with the times, with both people with partners and some singletons being invited.
Only a member can invite a group of friends and some attendees can then be invited to become members the next year. There are currently about 150 members.