Gowns and boots for Spouse Hunters ball

Richmond revellers kick up their heels


Demi Keating, Rachel Atkinson and Lacee Marquis had their boots and bling on for a night of kicking up their heels. Photos by Cassilis Photography.

Demi Keating, Rachel Atkinson and Lacee Marquis had their boots and bling on for a night of kicking up their heels. Photos by Cassilis Photography.

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A Gowns, Suits and Cowboy Boots theme set the scene for the 130 young and not-so-young people who attended the Richmond Spouse Hunters ball on Saturday night.

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Gowns, Suits and Cowboy Boots theme set the scene for a relaxed and casual night out for the 130 young and not-so-young people taking part in the Richmond Spouse Hunters ball on Saturday night.

Treasurer Cara Mearns said the committee concentrated on simplicity and raising much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which netted them $1370 for the cause.

“It’s great that these B&S balls are coming back,” she said.

“It’s not just about single eligible people anymore – it’s also a great event for all 18-plus people to come along to and get all dressed up.

“As these formal events are very few in the area it brings something different for the community rather just the usual races.”

Committee members Anthony Oeldridge, Peter Thivakon and Ashley Lohman had done all the hard yards and were ready to party.

Committee members Anthony Oeldridge, Peter Thivakon and Ashley Lohman had done all the hard yards and were ready to party.

The ball begin in 1989 and has been through its ups and downs, reviving when a founding member took a walk down memory lane and decided to bring it back.

“It’s been a fantastic event added to the Richmond calendar each year,” Cara said.

The tug-of-war challenge was a raging success this year, along with the Bachelor and Bachelorette auction.

An enthusiastic committee decked out the venue for the ball at Richmond, all ready for the 'gowns, suits and cowboy boots' theme of the night.

An enthusiastic committee decked out the venue for the ball at Richmond, all ready for the 'gowns, suits and cowboy boots' theme of the night.

The local Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association branch managed the bar and the Lions Club did the catering, while everyone danced the night away to Jason Clark & the Bar Chords from Townsville.

Legend has it that a number of current Richmond couples began their relationship at the ball. Was the legend true to form this year? Only time will tell!

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