Revellers have a ball at Paxton’s Regency dance

Regency Ball, Paxton House
Regency Ball, Paxton House

PAXTON House is planning an even bigger and better event next year following the success of its Regency Ball.

The ball was enjoyed by an extremely well-dressed and elegant crowd last week, and with everyone coming well prepared there was a high cravat and frock coat count.

The dance lessons held by resident dance mistress Val Knowles throughout the summer, clearly paid off, with rarely a foot put wrong.

Speaking after a thoroughbly enjoyable evening, Paxton House director Claire McDade, said: “Next year we hope to make this an even bigger and better event.

“It is astonishing how many people are keen to dress up in the beautiful costumes of the 18th century and throw themselves in with such passion and enjoyment.

“Everyone looked so beautiful, the clothes of the late 18th, early 19th century really are very flattering.”

The music, by the Pemberly Players, a well-established and nationally renowned group, provided the perfect soundtrack to the fancy footwork on show and added to the overall ambience.

The group played many well known songs of the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ period, including one famously danced by Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy in the much-loved BBC adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.

At the interval the audience enjoyed a light candlelit supper in the Hayloft Gallery and then it was carriages at 11pm.

A good night was definitely had by all.