More than 160 people packed into the Centre on Friday night for the St Thomas Anglican Debutante Ball.
It was the 72nd installment of the annual event, with seven girls aged between 15 and 17 years old being presented with their partners to the community.
Locals Arthur and Delma Day helped the Debutantes train for the evening for the three months leading up to the big night.
Organiser Susan Wynne said while the ball is a very traditional event it has changed greatly over the years.
“Young women are a lot more independent now than they were 40-50 years ago so the idea of this being a coming of age event has changed over the years,” she said.
“But it is a great way to learn some new social skills and carry on a tradition that may have been passed down through their mother or grandmother.”
Ms Wynne said this year’s ball had a Japanese theme, with the flower girls dressed in kimonos and oriental flowers and props adorning the stage.
“The Debutantes didn’t know the theme or the colour of the corsage until the night before so it was a lovely surprise when they entered the room,” she said.
“It is great that this tradition is continuing as not only does it let young people dress up and feel special but also makes them feel a part of our community.”
2017 Debutantes and Partners:
- Grace Troncoso and Josiah Jackson
- Samantha MacKenzie and Kelien McConnell
- Tahliah Thomson and Dean Brettoner
- Torianna Allen and Sean Burrows
- Kate Benson and Blake Georgakopoulos
- Athena-Jo Mola and Zachariah Mola
- Crystal Gillow and Ryan Drummond.