The annual bash of the year, Summer Ball of 1936 (Newton) Squadron took place last weekend, and was declared the best ever.
Guests were welcomed at the door by Flt Lt Jodi Hudson (the CO of 1936) and Mrs Janet Greasley (Chair of 1936 Civilian Committee).
With adult staff wearing posh frocks, black tie and smart military mess kit they lent a distinguished air to what was none the less a night for adults AND cadets. The cadets dress being similarly smart cut, but thoroughly more relaxed.
An excellent disco had the dance floor crowded for much of the evening, and the warm summers evening led to large groups gathering and talking in the garden and car park, if nothing else, but to cool off. The British Legion at Radcliffe has never been so busy, (our thanks to those kind folk in the Legion who gave us use of their hall).
Many guests from other squadrons attended, some of whom, (naming no names), did particularly well from the popular prize raffle, (we want revenge). Also adding to the festivities while away from the dance floor was an excellent quiz, along the lines of a clue hunt, run by CI Andrew Sherwin.
An excellent buffet had Cadets and Adults away from the dance floor briefly, and even caused a break from an almost permanent small queue of Cadets at the large Chocolate Fountain, (profita roles dipped in melted chocolate being my personal recommendation).
The key to the success of the evenings enjoyment was the smoothness and apparently effortless running of the ball, which belied all the hard work in planning and actual organisation that began many months before, almost as last years ball ended!
The Civilian Committee, consisting of Janet Greasly, Colleen and Steve Rothwell, Janice Robinson, David Dodge and Shiela Weston are to be personally congratulated, on behalf of all of the evenings guests.
By CI Sean Swales
1936 (Newton) Squadron MCO