Debutante Maddie Leis gets ready for tonight’s presentation ball. Maddie will be partnered by Alex Turner.
Debutante Maddie Leis gets ready for tonight’s presentation ball. Maddie will be partnered by Alex Turner. Renee Pilcher

Time for butterflies, beaus

THERE will be plenty of butterflies and bow ties tonight when 42 presentees make their way around the dance floor at the 82nd Catholic Presentation Ball in the Gympie Civic Centre.

The evening will begin at 7pm, although tickets for the gallery will be available at the door from 6.30pm.

Gympie ballroom dancing instructor Bronwyn Molloy has prepared the presentees well, teaching them the Patricia Waltz over the past six weeks.

The presentees from St Patrick's College, Gympie State High School and James Nash State High School will be chaperoned by former St Patrick's College students and 1986 Catholic ball presentees John and Kate Cartwright.

The tradition of the Gympie Catholic deb ball began on August 29, 1930, when 35 debutantes were presented to Archbishop Duhib, the Very Reverend Dean O'Flynn and the Gympie parish priest.

The ball was called the Catholic Debutant Ball until the mid-1990s but changes were made then to include the young men of Gympie in the tradition.

It remains a strong and proud tradition to this day.

An official photographer will shoot portraits of the couples. Gallery tickets will cost $5 each at the door.

Gympie Times


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