Photo gallery: Aylsham High School students arrive at prom in style
PUBLISHED: 15:20 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:20 17 July 2013
A traditional Gypsy caravan, lorry cab and a homemade Roman chariot pulled by parents in togas were just some of the eye-catching ways teenagers arrived at their school prom.
The Aylsham High School year 11 leavers’ prom was held at Wolterton Hall earlier this month after a dedicated group of teenagers raised just over £6,000 for the eagerly-anticipated event.
As well as the organising committee, help was provided by German teacher Susie Hebditch and her partner Peter Govey.
Miss Hebditch said: “It was fantastic. It gets bigger and better every year. It is important to mark their right of passage. Some of the pupils might not go to an event like it again in their life. I wanted them to leave school with a splendid memory.”
She first came up with the idea of starting a prom in 1994 and Aylsham high was the first school in north Norfolk to put on such an event.
“I wanted their last memories of school to be something gorgeous, not their last exam,” Miss Hebditch added.
This year’s theme was enchanted forest and the 230 people who attended could sit among pink and white trees, fake cherry trees and even a kissing bench.
The prom also included fireworks, a chocolate fountain and live music from a North Walsham rockerbilly group.
A significant fundraiser for the night was an auction of promises, organised by Callum Hall, from Alysham, which raised over £2,600.
Mr Hall, 16, was voted prom king; Isabella Walsh was prom queen; prom prince was Joshua Turner; prom princess was Elizabeth Rushbridge; and prom angel was Lauren Turner.
Students Alex Ryan and Tom Saunders helped put up the trees for the dance.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Norfolk News. Click the link in the orange box above for details.