Arts event took place as in­dus­trial ac­tion brought the threat of power cuts

Burton Mail - - By Gones - By STEPHEN SINFIELD stephen.sinfield@trin­i­tymir­ror.com 01283 245011 @mail­re­mem­bers

ONE of the high­lights of Bur­ton’s so­cial cal­en­dar was staged at the town hall in March 1972.

The an­nual Theatre Arts Ball saw the mu­nic­i­pal aura of the town hall shed in favour of fancy dress de­signs.

This was the 24th an­nual show and or­gan­is­ers said the stan­dard of cos­tumes worn was at its high­est for years with the com­pe­ti­tion “fierce in all categories”.

Arts Ball Com­mit­tee chair­man Mr Owen-Smith said: “Twenty-four years is a con­sid­er­able time es­pe­cially for those stal­warts of the com­mit­tee who have run this thing for all of that time.

“I want to praise Fred War­ren, the sec­re­tary of the com­mit­tee and his wife Jes­sica. They bear the great­est bur­den in or­gan­is­ing this ball. It’s no small task but they have done it for a few years now so per­haps they are get­ting used to it.

“All of this work is worth­while when the com­mit­tee sees the qual­ity and stan­dard of the cos­tumes be­ing worn tonight.”

Praise was also heaped on Ge­off Jacks for the decor, and Archie Gen­tles and Frank Kerry for pro­vid­ing space for the scenery mak­ers to “work in lux­ury”.

In­dus­trial ac­tion in 1972 meant fre­quent power cuts put the fu­ture of the arts ball in jeop­ardy.

Mr Owen-Smith said: “At one time we thought that the power cuts would mean that there would be no Theatre Arts Ball this year.

“This caused us a lot of un­nec­es­sary worry. How­ever, in the end, Lady Luck shined on us.”

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