Prior Park Prep School was sprinkled with magic on Saturday night, when it opened its doors for the 1940s themed, 70th Anniversary Ball and Leavers Disco.
By 5pm the scene was set with silk lined marquee, vintage style bunting, wild flowers, bone china cups, union flags and a sand bag bar. Displayed at the entrance, and keeping watch on proceedings, was a hand painted Cotswold Hare Trail hare wearing a waist coat of 1940s Prior Park Prep School photos.
The Year 8 young ladies arrived early. Dressed to the nines in heels and frocks they were ready for a jaunt around Cricklade in a limousine in the evening sunshine. After their departure, the sound of petrol engines filled the evening air, echoed round the buildings and announced the arrival of three classic cars. The young gentlemen from Year 8 looked dapper in smart suits, black tie and top hat and tails. Parents and staff took on the 1940s glamorous look, with two tone shoes, braces, fedoras and black ties, as well as beautiful gowns, heels, victory rolls and pearls. Science teacher Mrs Heywood had even gone to the trouble of having her Grandmother's 1940s sari, sent all the way from India.
As corks popped the guests arrived for their welcome drink of bubbly, a chance to view and sit in the classic cars, take photos and catch up with friends. Grace was said by Father Isodore, then dinner was served. Three long tables of around 100 guests made merry, whilst their starter of war time ration food was served - a platter of corned beef, pate and Spam. For the main course, a selection of gourmet pies, mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy. After much laughter, a desert buffet of strawberry tarts, strawberries and cream, and chocolate gateaux were enjoyed.
After dinner, the Mid West Swing Band played. The dancing opened with a routine from the Year 8 pupils, which had been rehearsed for many weeks. Though tentative at first, they gained in confidence once dancing, showing all the best swing moves. Parents and staff couldn't resist joining in, to try their hand at swing dance.
Giving everyone's dancing feet a break, a swing dance duo in period costume wowed the guests with some great moves and lifts, before inspiring many of those watching to join in for lesson.
As the carriages arrived, the guests departed leaving a few sore feet and many happy memories behind it.
A great evening - stylish and funHappy guest