THIS year's first Waterwonderland Debutante Ball in Kerang was a celebration of local family tradition.

The Waterwonderland 2018 debutantes were all dressed simply but elegantly, in line with their theme 'Simple Things.'

The Waterwonderland 2018 debutantes were all dressed simply but elegantly, in line with their theme 'Simple Things.'

THIS year's first Waterwonderland Debutante Ball was a celebration of local family tradition, with the daughters of several former debutantes who attended the same ball years ago making their own presentations.

The evening brought 31 years of organising the ball full circle for coordinator Joyce Gee. 

"Last night I had two debutantes and I was there when their mothers made their debuts. I had flower girls come back [as debutantes last night] and make their debut and former page boys [the Radcliffe twins] made their debuts - it's been ten years since then," she said.

Mrs Gee is looking forward to retiring but is hanging on for one more young lady to make her debut.

"It will be 31 years [that I've been co-ordinator] next year so I'm finishing. I'm just waiting for one little girl to come through because that will be the 11th child in the family," she said.

Another thing that was celebrated was the 'simple things', which formed the theme of the night.

"The kids wanted to create something that was simple but elegant ... without any fuss," Mrs Gee said.

Ten young ladies made their debut at the packed Kerang Memorial Hall, which Mrs Gee said was completely sold out. 

"It was just huge. One girl had 40 guests," she said.

The proud fathers of the debutantes walked each young lady to the official party, where she was received by her debutante partner.

They then made a presentation to Mel Lane and Chris Burt, two women Mrs Gee said were great role models for the young ladies because they had each made contributions "in their own right" to the community.

Other members of the official party included ball co-ordinator Joyce Gee, dance trainers Peter Beet, Harvey Jobling and Margaret Arbon.

Music for the evening was supplied by Drowning Sorrows.

Two beautiful flower bearers, Indy Fowler and Bella Laursen, presented each couple with a white long stemmed rose. 

For further details and photos of the night, pick up today's edition of the Gannawarra Times.

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