Golden Jubilee Ball Proves Magical End To Princethorpe’s Jubilee Year

In the making for a little over two years, the final instalment of Princethorpe College’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, the much anticipated Golden Jubilee Ball, took place last Saturday 1 July.

Over 400 guests joined together to mark the College’s first 50 years at a black tie event which saw the whole of the Princethorpe community represented. The College’s trustees, current and former parents, staff and pupils from across the decades were all in attendance. Special mention was made of a VSOP (Very Special Old Princethorpian) Mary Wheildon, an old girl of St Mary’s Priory, the school on the site before Princethorpe was founded, and Andrew Chan who left the College in the 1980s, and had travelled all the way from Canada to join in the festivities. The College also welcomed back OPs Tom Pilling, who was videoing the night, and Nick Bond who entertained guests with his wonderful piano playing during the welcome drinks reception.

The school’s North Lawn was transformed for the occasion into a sumptuous marquee village by Pukkah Tents. Guests were treated to views of the rolling Warwickshire countryside and the College’s recently-restored lake and woodland, Switzerland. Three courses of fine-dining and drinks were provided by local caterers, the Chopping Block. The celebrations continued into the early hours with live music from local band Astella.

Headmaster Ed Hester commented, “The Jubilee Ball was a truly magical evening and epitomised Princethorpe’s ‘spirit of family’. It was fantastic to be joined by members of the Princethorpe community from across the generations who travelled from far and wide to celebrate the occasion together.”

He continued, “My thanks go to all who made the evening such a success and I’m delighted that we have marked this milestone in Princethorpe’s rich history in such a memorable way.”

Please enjoy a selection of images and the video from the night below. 

Here’s to the next 50 years!