Summer ball to become a regular fixture

Ball-goers: Back (from left) ' Colin Loveday, Richard Plummer, Jane Dalby, Chris Bettinson, Wendy Bettinson, Yvonne Loveday, Ashley Bettinson; front ' Sue Plummer, Angie Quincey and Natalie Loveday;.

Ball-goers: Back (from left) ' Colin Loveday, Richard Plummer, Jane Dalby, Chris Bettinson, Wendy Bettinson, Yvonne Loveday, Ashley Bettinson; front ' Sue Plummer, Angie Quincey and Natalie Loveday;.

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THE first summer ball held at Donington Community Centre was so successful it is already hoped it will become a fixture of the social calendar.

More than 100 people went to the ball, which was organised by Donington Community Centre Committee, and in particular treasurer Jane Dalby, to raise funds for the upkeep of the hall.

It was successful on that front, raising about £1,700 in total, £600 of which was from a raffle and the rest mainly from bar sales. Jane said: “It was the first one we have had and is hopefully the first of many because it was very good.”

Tickets were sold cheaply to ensure lots of support because Jane warned that if the hall was not used more, it could be in danger. “It is not being used as much as it should be.”

That situation is hopefully changing: new salsa classes regularly attract 40 people and Jane is looking for a zumba teacher to run a class which she thinks would attract as many as 40 people. Jane is also hoping to apply for a grant to upgrade the kitchen.

Ball-goers danced to local band Bad To The Bone and to disco music and enjoyed a two-course meal.