|Haslingden Wheelers and Motor Cycle Club Annual Ball|
Photo: kindly from Marie Ives - Printed here at 1 1/2 times larger than actual
See below for contents of programme.
We did not need any excuse for a Ball, in fact the diary at the Public Hall was continuously booked up with all the various “ Balls” which seemed to be on during the winter months especially around the October and November periods.
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check further down for
inside of programme
Each of the Towns Services had their Ball which included The Police, The Fireman’s, and a very popular event was the Farmer’s Ball.
I am sure you would naturally guess that the most popular Ball of them all and best attended was the Police Ball. When it was coming up to the time of the Police Ball there were tickets on the go everywhere in the town. Think about it! There were no parking tickets them days! And probably lots of minor misdemeanours may have been overlooked and dealt with by a strong warning, but you could guess that it was always followed up by, “Would you be interested in purchasing a ticket for the Police Ball Sir?” Of course officer, I will have four! I often wondered what would have happened if you said NO!
|Flannel Ball (flannels Optional)|
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Maria Ives has kindly informed me that she has a programme for the “Wheelers Cycle Club Ball” which was held on December 31st 1926 and the cost was One shilling and Sixpence. Even I can remember there being a “New Years Eve” Ball in most years.
I have now included a list of well known Balls below and can you think of any others?
Wheelers Cycle Club Ball (see photo of programme),
Flannel Ball (see photo of programme),
Youth Club Coming of Age Ball
Swimming Club Annual Dance
Spinners and Minders Association Ball (Sat Nov 20th 1875) - Public Hall (The Popular Star Quadrille Band played for dancing)
The Children's Ball
|This is the inside of the Wheelers and Motor Cycle Club, Annual Ball Programme|
kindly supplied by Marie Ives - note the president was Walter Holland (Holland's Pies)
|Haslingden Liberal Association Ball - January 1963|
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|Haslingden Youth Club "Coming of Age Ball" - October 1962|
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Haslingden United Clubs - Grand Late Ball
Programme cover kindly contributed by Dave Wise
Thanks to Marie Ives, Chris Kirby and Florence Walsh for their contributions.