Debutante Ball participants ahead of Saturday night’s official proceedings.
Debutante Ball participants ahead of Saturday night’s official proceedings.

Deb tradition still strong after eight decades

ONE of Stanthorpe’s longest running traditions continued on Saturday evening with the Debutante Ball.

For 83 years girls have taken part in the social coming of age.

Pulled together this year by Danielle Hannigan, she said a lot of effort went into making the event a success.

“Only a small group of girls this year, but the committee ensured that the ball was just as spectacular as every year,” she said.

“A lot of effort from volunteers goes into making the ball a success, both in the practices and decorating, and in operating a fun and successful evening.”

The girls looked the part ahead of Saturday's Debutante Ball.
The girls looked the part ahead of Saturday's Debutante Ball.

More than 180 people attended the ball, with a further 75 in the viewing gallery.

Official party was Mr and Mr Lister (MP), Mr and Mrs Brown (St Joseph’s), Ms Kelly from the Stanthorpe State High School, plus Dr and Mrs Manahan, and Father Brian Connolly.

Debutantes and Partners were:

Anna Henderson (SSHS) and Matthew Burgess

Peta Comino (SSHS) and Ben Manahan

Bridgette Kay (St Joseph’s) and Lachlan Mahoney

Gemma Templeman (SSHS) and Jackson Harrold

Georgia Harris (SSHS) and Connor Smith

Lara Beckett (St Joseph’s) and Samuel O’Donnell

Hannah Grayson (SSHS) and Josh Gilbey

Courtney McPaul (SSHS) and John Taylor

Katie Preston (SSHS) and Michael Carmody

Matron of Honour: Mrs Jacinta Manahan

Receiving Priest: Fr Brian Connolly

Maids of Honour: Miss Dani Pozzebon and Miss Sophie Raccanello

Flower Girls: Miss Sienna Ponzo and Miss Moira Purcell