A wonderful group of Current Parents, Past Parents and Old Ratcliffians attended the Ratcliffe Grand Summer Ball on a beautiful summer’s evening at the end of term. Old Ratcliffians came from all corners of the globe including India, Monaco, Qatar, Columbia and Manilla, not to mention from various parts of the United Kingdom and Europe.
The Ball was held in a huge marquee near the Fountain Lawn, which looked stunning adorned with bunting, balloons and flower arrangements.
Following a warm and welcoming speech from the Headmaster, Fr Ted Mullen (‘60) said Grace and guests were then seated for a four-course meal. The meal, provided by Browns of Loughborough, consisted of smoked mackerel pâté with tartare salsa followed by parma ham wrapped chicken with crushed new potatoes and a vegetable parcel. For dessert, guests were treated to a trio of puddings; lemon posset filled chocolate cup, strawberry pavlova and a chocolate brownie. And finally, guests helped themselves to a selection of cheeses and biscuits (if there was any room left!)
Soon after dinner, there was a raffle for prizes including a limited edition framed print of Ratcliffe, a pair of Ratcliffe enamelled cufflinks, a meal for four at Browns Lane and our star prize, a magnum of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne. The raffle raised a wonderful £920 towards the Ratcliffe 2020 Sports Appeal.
After the raffle, a live band called The Mixers began to warm up the dance floor and by the end of the evening not only had there been some fantastic ‘Dad dancing’ displayed, but also some of the lively guests were invited up to serenade the room, joining the band on-stage. All in all, it was a fantastic evening bringing together both parents and Old Ratcliffians alike and rounding off a superb term at Ratcliffe.
Thank you also to our event sponsors: