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The Forget-Me-Not Ball

Posted on March 8, 2013

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img 0070The Forget-Me-Not Ball was held in the spacious Slough Centre Ballroom on February 16. The annual event was a resounding success, although numbers were slightly down, owing to the many Valentine’s dances being held on the same date. Doors opened at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and, soon after, the dancers were strutting their stuff on the floor.

During the evening six competitions took place, including the Len Colyer Memorial Foxtrot Trophy. A superb raffle also took place, with all the prizes donated by committee members and friends of the Forget-Me-Not Fund. An extra raffle, offering two pairs of dance shoes from Supadance, was very popular as was the tombola, which was organised by May Martin and her daughter, Barbara. Thanks must go to everyone who contributed for their generosity. So far the amount raised from these events and the sale of books and pins is £745 and, once the bills have been paid, the ticket money will be added to this total.

img 0026The Mayor of Slough, councillor Christine Small, and her daughter, Amanda Wright, the Mayoress arrived with their families and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The evening’s lovely music was played by Julie Cairncross.

Amateur dancers John and Katherine Giannini (pictured left) gave a beautiful three-dance ballroom demonstration in quickstep, tango and waltz before changing into Latin mode for their last three dances, which the audience loved. They are a very talented and lovely pair, who spent a long time talking to the people in the ballroom.

 The evening flew by and in no time at all the last waltz was being played; another Forget-Me-Not Ball had come to an end. The Forget-Me-Not raises funds for dancers in hospital or ill at home, who receive a “get well” message and a gift. If you know of anyone in such a situation, let the committee know (acting chairman, Colin Mansbridge, can be reached on 01489 574 367).


Words: Iris Findlay 

Photographs: Morrison Findlay



Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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