Sunday saw the latest edition of the Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball, traditionally the year’s largest and most esteemed event — this year’s instalment was no different. At the end of April, the KK oversee the Gaudie, a torchlit procession down the pier in honour of John Honey, a student who in 1800 rescued victims from a nearby shipwreck. For many, this is the last event of this year: a fitting final act for not only the Candlemas semester but for the academic year (ignoring the daunting prospect of graduation for the elderly among us). The KK May Ball provided the joie de vivre before the uncertainty of these exams and, with Kinkell Byre as the backdrop, achieved exactly the kind of night we were all in need of. The KK is proud that: “The May Ball has donated tens of thousands of pounds to local and Scottish charities throughout its long history and continues to raise awareness of important causes both in Fife and across the country”.
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!).
It is a universally acknowledged fact in St Andrews that when the semester is finally in full swing it must be time for a ball, enter the Kate Kennedy Club and set the stage for Opening Ball.
On Saturday night, Kinkell Byre sparkled with the lights of the annual May Ball as hundreds of St Andrews students descended upon that lofty hill overlooking our picturesque town. While the time-consuming bus transfers may be irritating and at times disorganised, the ability to leave town for an evening is always welcomed. As the last ball of the academic year and the last general black tie event before the advent of exams, May Ball is a unique occasion that permits the student population to dance off their cares and worries for one last time before returning to haunt the library.
While the Royals have long graduated, last night made clear that there are still an abundance of princes and beautiful princesses in St Andrews. Everyone was dressed to the nines and came in outfits of all shapes in sizes; kilts, three pieces, and dresses long and short. As the initiation into the fancy culture of St Andrews, the ball was wildly successful and presented a certain kind of magic in seeing friends in their most lovely state (a stark contrast to what was seen at breakfast the next morning).
This highly anticipated event put on by the Global Investment Group gives St Andrews students a chance to get out of town and go to a real club . . . in Dundee. It started with a sophisticated champagne reception in the Scores Hotel where, at about 9pm, floods of girls in sultry business chic and men in suits made their way in. Everyone seemed to have found the Wall Street undone suitable as they creatively put their own spins on it – mostly with leather, jewels, and leopard. The crowds mainly hung by the bars shaking their glasses and waiting not so patiently for more champagne. Once the bottles had been emptied people made their way to the buses, limos, and to the main, cash only, bar.
Wall Street // Undone