The St Andrews Fashion Show’s annual Starfields concert is rarely unsuccessful and despite the usual groans of weather and pricing, this year’s event can be added to a long list of FS’s successes. As usual, if alcohol and a group of young adults are congregated in a festival-style event, people will always have a good time–even if it’s in a tiny town in Scotland in the middle of September.
From the first teasers of this year DONT WALK had my attention. Having attended the show in the past, I was familiar with the previous performances and thought that I had a general idea of what to expect. Upon entering the gates of Cambo Estate the excitement and suspense of what was to come of the night was very much notable amongst guests. In fact, this year DONT WALK has bought both suspense and excitement to the St Andrews social calendar through the advertising of their rebranding and relocation of the annual event.
The most unusual of dress codes in the most standard of St. Andrew’s settings. In my fourth year I couldn’t resist the one last time to give my social life some welly, at Welly Ball. Welly ball holds a warm place in my heart. Comfy shoes, a sparkly Kinkell and copious amounts of students (who aren’t all from St Andrew’s), what’s not to love? Even better is the fact that the Welly Ball proceeds go to supports the mental health charity Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. A charity that aims to educate on the topic of mental wellbeing, in particular, warning signs of depression. This is an important cause for all students to pay special attention to.
The Kate Kennedy Club’s Opening Ball is a rite of passage for new students in St Andrews, and this year’s event did not disappoint. From early on in the evening, there was an exciting atmosphere surrounding the event, with taxis full of students looking very stylish in beautiful dresses and smart suits (including quite a few men wearing kilts or tartan trousers!).
The Mermaids Committee held their annual Christmas Ball in the Kinkell Byre, this year with a quirky theme: Harry Potter. A bold move on the Mermaids’ part, to offer up a night that so many of us book and film fans have dreamed of, and especially after the nightmare that was ticket sales, attendees were expecting magic. Overall? It was lacklustre, it was ’meh’. Across the spectrum, from music to giveaways, they offered us a night that had some entertaining moments, but was definitely flawed.
It was an evening which combined the two things that St. Andrews students just can’t seem to get enough of: Gumboots, wellies or Wellington boots by any other name, and balls. Welly Ball is organised in conjunction with the St. Andrews Challenge, a clay pigeon shooting competition which brings together shooters from all over the country. The after-party was preceded by a two-course dinner, and was held in the beautiful and picturesque Kinkell Byre, a mere coach ride away from St. Andrews, which swelled the number of guests from 500 to 750. Eden Mill Distillery and Emily Fruit Crisps sponsored the event and proceeds from the event went to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.