HAV­ING A BALL IN CITY BEACH

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WITH their suits drenched in sea­wa­ter and ball gowns pep­pered with salt and sand, about 250 stylish yet soaked par­ty­go­ers danced the night away at City Beach fore­shore on De­cem­ber 28.

Co-founder Bon­nie Davies said their an­nual Beach Ball at­tracted some of the big­gest crowds in its seven-year history.

“We had so much fun the first year when there were only about 30 of us, and ever since word has just spread,” Ms Davies said.

“It’s a very sim­ple con­cept: you just dress up like you’re go­ing to a ball, then pa­rade and run into the sea fully clothed like an id­iot.

“Af­ter that we usu­ally dance, sit on the grass, chat and slowly fade away with the sun­set.”

Ms Davies, also known as her com­edy al­ter ego Fa­mous Shar­ron, said she liked keep­ing the ball sim­ple be­cause “ev­ery­one brings their own silly hap­pi­ness and makes it their own”.

“Be­ing on the beach to­gether is the magic bit, and we pre­fer it be­ing open to fam­i­lies, friends and who­ever is walk­ing by,” she said.

“A lot of kids come now in tiny tuxe­dos, be­cause it started al­most a decade ago and now some of us are hav­ing kids, which is just lovely.”

Ms Davies said lo­cal the­atre com­pany The Last Great Hunt was look­ing at hold­ing the Beach Ball in Man­durah this year.

“But the orig­i­nal beach ball will al­ways just be us on the beach in ball dresses and suits go­ing for a swim, and if more peo­ple want to join in and have their own Beach Ball wher­ever they are that would be amaz­ing,” she said.

Dressed to the nines, soaked to the skin: par­ty­go­ers hon­oured the Beach Ball’s tra­di­tion of get­ting into the sea in all their fin­ery.

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