SHALL WE DANCE? David and Gwen Ware, and Sophia and Adam Ware watch on as Olivia Ware practises her dance moves for this tonight’s Copmanhurst Ball. All four generations of the Ware family will be at the ball. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
SHALL WE DANCE? David and Gwen Ware, and Sophia and Adam Ware watch on as Olivia Ware practises her dance moves for this tonight’s Copmanhurst Ball. All four generations of the Ware family will be at the ball. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Trip the light fantastic tonight

ALL roads lead to Copmanhurst tonight for the annual Copmanhurst Ball - a great time for the whole family at the local hall's major fundraiser of the year.

"Second-hand Rose is the theme so we're hoping people of all ages will dress in something from the op shop, or a family hand-me-down," hall committee president Sandra Fahey said.

Admission is $12.50 for adults, $30 per family, $5 for high school students and $3 for primary students, with all profits going to upkeep of the hall.

Local band Together Again will provide the music from 8pm to midnight, and although drinks are BYO a light supper with tea and coffee will be free.

Mrs Fahey said Copmanhurst had held balls in the hall since the late 1950s, but this extract from the Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser of September 1880, shows there was plenty of life in the area even then.

"The bachelors of Copmanhurst, to make a break in the dull monotony of bush life, had a ball with supper on the 26th instant. Mr. J. I, Smith, of Grafton, was the caterer, and as usual, laid out a spread to please the most fastidious.

"The ball was a temperance do, tea and coffee in abundance being the strongest liquors allowed.

"Some 50 ladies and gentlemen graced the ball by their presence and enjoyed themselves thoroughly until the dawn of morning warned them that it was high time to separate.

"Financially and otherwise, the gathering was a grand success."



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