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Follies’ American Supper

1.4.1955 WHo American supper

There could not be gayer evidence of a need for a fully equipped community centre at Westward Ho! than the scene at the American Supper staged at the Kingsley Hall by Westward Ho! Follies on Saturday evening. As to be expected from a seaside town, there was the radiance of feminine charm, and high spirits from the men folk, and dances and competitions followed gaily on from the supper kindly provided by members for their guests, until the last beat of Leon Moore’s dance band. 

A fancy dress competition, produced some attractive ideas, and the judges were Mr M F Lee and Miss A E Lee, of Bideford. Winner was Miss Pat Baker, a young former policewoman in Kenya, who has returned home to join the Wrens. Second prize went jointly to two sisters, Mrs Littlejohns and Miss C Reed. Among those present were Mr F C Twose, Mrs C F Stephens and Mrs Munro, Mr A Feron and Mrs J Moore. Mr Leonard Moore made a capital MC for the evening. 

Six years ago, when Westward Ho! Community Centre began, the Centre Committee were committed to an immediate expenditure of £1,400, but since then all but £400 has been raised. Running costs total £500 per year and each of the four main sections – olde tyme dancing, badminton, Follies and youth – stage one special event per year to assist the central funds. Saturday’s event was the successful effort of the Follies’ section. 

At the annual meeting of the Follies’ section on Tuesday evening, Mr D Pill was elected the new chairman, with Miss S Hockings as treasurer and Mrs J Moore as hon. secretary.

The full Gazette article is dated 1 April 1955

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