1903 3rd volunteer battalion ball Aspatria

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1903 3rd volunteer battalion ball Aspatria

Postby plbramham » Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:14 pm

Guess pretty self-explanatory!. I bet not many such "invites" survive though!
(Scroll down on the image " dancing starts 8pm prompt" !)
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Re: 1903 3rd volunteer battalion ball Aspatria

Postby kerchi » Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:33 pm

A great little piece of history. It did make me crack a smile when I saw this. I can imagine what it must have been like to attend such a formal social gathering (from seeing things akin to this in film and television dramas etc.) I think I would find it interesting to say the least, if a little too formal for my tastes, but still something I'd have liked to have attended.
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Re: 1903 3rd volunteer battalion ball Aspatria

Postby plbramham » Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:41 am

Yep regimental bullshine. I remember being in the officers mess in Omagh 1989 with all the regimental silver on the table and oil paintings etc ( bit Like “ Carry on up the Khyber” with Sid James!)
I was “practically dressed” the next day but was addressed by a cocky little “steward” the next morning by saying “Excuse me sir, but we do require formal wear in the mess” I know this website does not allow profanities so I will edit my reply and say my response was along the lines of “ Go away young man, I’m on a Derry patrol”.
This might sound very strange, but you will never guess - my overriding memory of Northern Ireland - I lanced my gum abscess with a bayonet - it worked!
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Re: 1903 3rd volunteer battalion ball Aspatria

Postby kerchi » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:35 am

I guess it's all about keeping up appearances, regardless of era.

Regarding your other point, not the best memory then of Northern Ireland but a great little story to tell to all those squeamish of unsavoury dental problems ;-)
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