09:00 Tuesday 27 May 2014

SLIDESHOW: Downton Abbey-style glamour takes over village hall for Ely Regency Ball

Written byJORDAN DAY

It was like a scene from Downton Abbey as period costumes and Playford dancing took over the village of Little Downham.

People from across the region - and some from further afield - turned out in droves for the annual Ely Regency Ball.

Both men and women donned striking period costumes or evening attire for the ball at Little Downham Village Hall, which is now in its sixth year.

Patti Quant, who lives in the village and runs regular Playford dancing sessions at the hall, organises the event.

She said: “Our Ely Regency Ball gets better and better every year and I certainly think this year’s was the best yet.

“Almost all our guests attended in period costume, which i really adds to the atmosphere.

“Fendango and Saraband played brilliantly and dancing was of a very high standard.

“I suppose the ball is somewhat like a banquet as well as there is a four-course meal - a feast for both the eyes and the stomach - and guests brought along some amazing desserts.

“We ask the guests to think of a special title for themselves for the night as well which is always good fun - we just try to make the ball as period as possible and I must say I think we do pull it off.”

As ever, Patti also hosted a Playford workshop during the afternoon before the ball, which many of the guests attended.

Next year’s ball is being held on Saturday, May 9.

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