King and Queen of the 2012 NAIDOC Ball
Saturday nights NAIDOC ball will become an annual event following the success of this years event. The crowd of around 100 enjoyed the night where, in true bush fashion, local talent rose to the occasion. When the band that had been booked to play for the evening had to cancel at late notice, local musicians Dave Curry, Kyle Whyman, Robert Clayton, Fred Hunter and Horse Whyman, between them filled the gap, and in the view of many, the evening was the better for it.
A new tradition was established with the crowning of King and Queen of the Ball. Brian Cox and Patricia Whyman took out the honours, and were suitably crowned with gold crowns, the handiwork of Tony Gilfoyle. Brian wore a yellow suit, black shirt and red pocket handkerchief. Patricia wore a stunning strapless dress with ruched bodice and drop waist chiffon skirt.
Alana Harris and Bill Elliott were runners up.
Marcia Whyman and Kyle Whyman were awarded the Best Dressed prizes for the younger set.
All credit must go the organisers, Monica Kerwin, Foketi Thorneycroft Jane Kemp, with assistance from other Centacare and Safehouse staff, who worked for weeks to have anything ready for the big night and then, the most dreary task of all, cleaned the hall when it was all over.
Delece from the Safehouse, obtained a number of evening dresses on one of her Newcastle trips, which gave locals girls a great range to choose from. a hairdresser was booked to be in town for the Friday and Saturday, pedicures and manicures and make up sessions were also organised. Plans are underway for a similar event later in the year.
(photo right): left to right, Valerie “Puddin” Bugmy, Delany King, Irene Bugmy, Valerie Bugmy Snr., Ball photos courtesy of Foketi Thorneycroft.