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Never Too Old To Dance Night Away

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Debutante Doreen Kleidon, from Chinchilla, with Matron of Honour Oriel Franklin, from Boyneside

Flowergirls Dakota and Paige Barbeler

February 5, 2017

A debutante ball with a difference was held at Inverlaw on Saturday night … the debs were seniors and many had made their “real” debut years earlier.

Inverlaw Hall stalwart Oriel Franklin, from Boyneside, came up with the idea of holding a Senior Debutante Ball to provide an opportunity for older women to relive their big night.

But one debutante took the opportunity to be introduced for the first time to “fashionable society”, despite the fact she is in her 80s!

Doreen Kleidon wore the traditional white of a new debutante, and travelled all the way from Chinchilla for the big occasion.

Her handsome attendant for the evening was Matt Emmett, from Toowoomba.

Despite the age difference, the pair cut quite a rug on the dancefloor.

The seven debutantes were presented to South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion after parading down the hall to the applause of bystanders.

Each debutante was given a long-stem flower and a certificate to mark the occasion.

After the obligatory photos, and cutting of the cake, the Inverlaw Hall attendees settled down to enjoy supper and a night of dancing.

The oldest debutante, Doreen Kleidon, was given the honour of cutting the Debutante Ball cake

The flowergirls and debutantes pose after the presentation parade ... from left, Dakota Barbeler, Doreen Kleidon, Edith Schafferius, Jo Robinson, Shaylissa Yeats, Louisa Coppo, Sarah Robinson, Krysia Stafford and Paige Barbeler

Richard Wheeldon and Oriel Franklin, both from Boyneside, with South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion ... Oriel came up with the idea of holding a Senior Debutante Ball

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Dance organisers June Usher and David Muller followed the flowergirls

First of debutantes was Krysia Stafford, partnered by David Coppo, both of Kingaroy

Doreen Kleidon, Chinchilla, and Matt Emmett, Toowoomba

Sarah Robinson, Wooroolin, and Joseph Coppo, Nanango

Edith Schafferius and Joe Phillips, both from Kingaroy

Louisa Coppo and her son Ryan, both from Nanango

Jo Robinson, Wooroolin, and Brett Hatchett, Kingaroy

Shaylissa Yeats and Robert Kruger, both from Kingaroy

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Raw Video from the Senior Debutantes’ Ball

The seven debutantes and their partners led the dance for the first section, then other dancers join in.


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One Response to Never Too Old To Dance Night Away

  1. What a beautiful story. So lovely to see these women relive some wonderful memories and create new ones.

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