The historic heart of Stanley
We are happy to announce that the first winners (through popular vote) of the Falklands Ball are Ellie Ferriby and John McLeod Jnr (pictured above.)
Never in a million years could we have predicted how well our first Ball would go. We were nervous - not just because it was our first but also because we had big shoes to fill. The Winter Ball had always been very popular and we were not sure how people would react to the changes we had made. The biggest change was of course, the venue. Moving the Ball from the FIDF Hall to the Town Hall was a risky move but the reasoning behind it was purely a strategic one - the Town Hall had everything we needed ergo meaning less work (there was already enough to do!) ... plus it is close to the Museum.
We needn't have worried though - the Ball was a massive success and it was all down to the hard work of a lot of people. Preparations started way in advance with the Falkland Islands Company (FIC) and FI Museum & National Trust (FIMNT) staff getting together one evening to begin making the decorations for the evening. The theme was nautical of course (with it being Falklands Day) with stars on the ceiling for the clear skies seen from a ship, a blue floor for the sea and 6 masts flanking the hall. Table centrepieces consisted of small sections of Charles Cooper mast topped with jars containing clam shells and ocean coloured tulle. A short clip showing life at sea played in a loop on the stage. The theme will stay the same with maybe subtle changes each year.
Special thanks must go to Jeannie and Kathleen for giving us the opportunity to continue with the Ball and of course, for donating all the bits and pieces from the Winter Ball to the Falklands Ball - this saved us a huge amount of money. Thanks must also go to Nikki Buxton for making the sash for Ellie (Nikki also made the sash for the winner of the Winter Ball each year.) Ellie also received a tiara and a jewellery set consisting of matching earrings and neckace and John received a watch.
Heidi Clifton, Leeann Harris and Ali Dodd all put themselves forward and, armed with ingredients that were purchased through the generosity of our sponsors, the Falkland Islands Company, headed to their kitchens where they produced delicious food that was enjoyed by all. They were not the only ones to slave over a hot stove though, the FIMNT staff spent the Friday before the Ball cooking and Jo Hay helped out by providing a sumptuous spread consisting of some of her signature food.
Thanks must also go to Falklands Fish Farming Ltd for donating a Rainbow Trout (which was demolished!) and to anyone else that had anything to do with the Ball.
Special mention must go to Lisa and Lee Martin for their advice and dancing lessons pre-Ball and for making the events such a successful one with their music, novelty dances and enthusiasm. Thank you also to Chris Locke who completely transformed the Town Hall with his light display - the hall looked absolutely stunning! We are grateful to Jo Summers for being there with her camera and taking staged photos as well as candid shots - if you would like a copy then please contact Jo direct.
Through ticket sales and raffle tickets we raised £2,230.00 that will go towards the San Carlos Museum. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, bought tickets or just came along and supported us but especially to the Falkland Islands Company and Mrs Emma Phillips for 'crowning' our winners.
Our winners have been invited to switch on the Christmas lights on December 15th at the Historic Dockyard Museum.
Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust
Ellie Ferriby and
John McLeod Jnr