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By ALEX HURRELL, Reporter
Monday, July 2, 2012
Arrivals at Aylsham High School’s masqued-ball prom swept down the drive of a north Norfolk stately home in modes of transport ranging from an oil tanker to a uni-cycle.
The year 11 pupils held their end-of-year party Wolterton Hall, owned by Lord and Lady Walpole.
The evening included a hog roast, dancing to rocakbilly band Dawg House, a chocolate fountain and fireworks.
As usual prom-goers vied to arrive in the most head-turning style and a crowd of family and friends watched, cheered and clapped as a succession of cool, comic and enterprising “vehicles” made their grand approach to the red-carpet entry.
Lily Smith and Hugo “Huggy” Parry puttered up aboard “Buttercup”, a unique one-horsepower, petrol-driven horseless carriage made from scrap in 1974 by steam-engine builder, the late David King, of Suffield. It was the vehicle’s first-ever outing.
Bunnie Ennals tucked up her long dress, took off her high heels and unicycled to the entrance beside Stefan Bryant, while Emma Thompson and Atsuya Slater jumped down from the cab of a gleaming Goff petroleum oil tanker. Stretch limos, classic cars, camper vans, tractors,a boat and large motorcycles were also in the convoy, and two brave boys joined hands and skipped their way along the drive.
A party of seven - Emma Atkin, Peter Engelsen, Alice Gaudet, Lottie Howard, Annie Lamb, Liam McCarthy and Dec Sowter - took first prize for the most inventive arrival with their Chinese dragon costume.
Kirsty Nichols was chosen as prom queen, head boy Daniel Rivett as prom king, Joe Morrell prom prince and there were two prom princesses - Hannah Grix and Esme Follas-Shell.
Charlotte Wright won the prize for the best masque.