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The Perth Ball 2016

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The Perth Ball this year was just as vibrant and glamorous as ever, with parties from St Andrews, Edinburgh and Oxford universities attending, along with Perthshire’s best and beyond.

From the first chord of the Dashing White Sergeant, everyone took to the dance floor with gusto and apparently never stopped.

The room was still  packed in the wee small hours, with people calling for yet another repeat of the Duke of Perth at 3.30 am, when the Ball was supposed to finish.  The wonderful Simon Howie Dance band loyally played on (minus Simon Howie who sadly couldn’t attend due to a shoulder injury) and after the traditional rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ it really was time to go home.

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

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To see more photos of the night please go to the Gallery.

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

picture by fraser band

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

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picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

picture by fraser band

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

picture by fraser band

picture by fraser band 07984 163 256 fraserband.co.uk 2016 Perth ball held at Fingask Castle, Perthshire.

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Christmas Picnic Dance 2015

William Arbuthnott, Mr Daniel Moray-Parker, Minerva Moray-ParkerThe first ever Perth Ball Christmas Picnic Dance was held in the Pavilion at Fingask Castle on 23rd December 2015.

Tickets were a sell-out, with people bringing whoever happened to be in their house party for Christmas from grandparents to 5 year olds and all ages imbetween.  The atmosphere was magical and everyone agreed it was the perfect way to kick off the festive celebrations.

Xmas Picnic 2015 - 1Picnic suppers ranged from sandwiches and sausage rolls to a whole ham.

The Willie Simpson Band provided a few hours of fast paced reeling (including some walk-throughs for the rusty) but everyone was back home and tucked up by midnight.

See Christmas Picnic Dance Gallery 2015 for more photos.

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The Perth Ball 2015

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The 158th Perth Ball at Fingask Castle was set in a magically surreal scene, with guests greeted on arrival by the huge spiral topiary veiled in a late summer mist.

Groups of University Reeling Society students, just starting term at Edinburgh and St Andrews and raring to go after the summer break, seemed intent on setting new speed records in their reel sets.  There was also impressive display of Rock ‘n’ Roll moves imbetween reels worthy of an Elvis movie.

As is currently modish, there was a hirsute Braveheart theme to the evening among the young gents, with lush beards and long hair making an appearance, along with some crazy coloured striped kilt socks, adding to the kilted ‘wow’ factor.

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More traditional male formal attire was very much in evidence as well, with some magnificent sporrans, fine velvet jackets and a smattering of white tie.  The ladies were as glamorous as ever in their long evening gowns, from slinky and chic to tassles and vintage taffetas.

The kedgeree breakfast was declared the best for 30 years and even the not-so-young were having so much fun they surprised themselves by still being there at 3 am for the last Reel of the 51st Highland Division!

See Perth Ball 2015 for more photos.

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The Perth Ball 2014

The crème de la Perthshire crème danced the night away at the 157th Perth Ball, with the frisson that it felt rather like the Titanic with the Scottish independence referendum just weeks away…

As is traditional at Scottish Balls, aristocrats, double-barrels, farmers and the local money all mixed happily, wearing everything from haute designer gowns to the old library curtains. The Perth Medley, the unique county reel, flummoxed (as it is designed to do) all but the most sober and hard working dancing guests. However, the days of disapproving dowagers are over and the locals are delighted to teach and help out.

Home page 3 - Perth Ball 2014Other reels such as the Reel of the 51st Highland Division were fast and slick thanks to the young glamorous hoardes in the parties of Molly Rowan-Hamilton, Rob Loder-Symonds and Jack White.

Hungry already by 1am the guests tucked into a full cooked breakfast, while the band (led by local butcher Simon Howie) had a well deserved break. Re-fuelled, the (by now mainly) young took to the dance floor again, reeling and rockin’ and a rollin’ into the wee small hours.

See Gallery for all photos and Tatler Bystander for their coverage of the event.

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The Perth Ball 2013

Anyone who thinks Scottish reeling is a dying tradition would think again had they witnessed last year’s Perth Ball.  Guests poured into the magnificent Fingask Castle Pavilion, dressed in their finery, and danced the night away.

Glamorous twenty-somethings whirled and twirled their way through the Dance Card at breath-taking speed, while older generations took things a little more sedately but with no less enthusiasm!

A hearty cooked breakfast at 1 am to recharge the batteries and everyone was off again, dancing through the wee small hours until the Simon Howie Dance Band was finally allowed to stop playing at 3.30 am.

The event was covered by Tatler (see Tatler Bystander) and Scottish Field.  Check out the Gallery for some great photos of the night or photographer Zygmunt Sikorski-Mazur‘s website.

This year we hope to welcome even more people to the Ball – the perfect way to round off the Summer!