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The Trans Radio UK Christmas Ball 2020, well that it was meant to have been when it was booked over a year ago but Covid came along and the Christmas Ball became the Spring 2021 Ball which then became the Summer Ball 2021 and people were eagerly waiting to take their first steps out and back to being in a social environment again.

The venue was the fabulous Horwood House near Milton Keynes, a beautiful Grade II listed Manor House built in 1911. We had hoped that the weather would have been a bit more clement than it was but luckily there was no torrential downpour and it was still warm. Some people were able to venture into the grounds including the beautiful secret garden.

We were in the Cook suite which was in the newer part of the building and all guests were offered a glass of bubbly or soft drink on arrival in an anti-room where Richard Higham was also set up to take pictures of the guests as they came in as well as being around for the evening taking pictures. Everyone was able to mingle and get to know each other, some familiar faces and some new and a few had already met up earlier in the day at the hotel bar. There were quite a few of the team from TRUK in attendance and lots of great conversations. Everyone was dressed in their finest and there were some beautiful ball gowns, stunning dresses and dapper suits; everyone had really pushed the boat out and looked amazing. Well, of course this was the Summer Ball!

We moved into the main room which was set up with tables, all named after famous songs in keeping with this being an event for Trans Radio UK and after checking the table plan everyone meandered in to take their places.

Part of the entertainment was Victoria Elizabeth who is a comedic magician, maybe a little bit eccentric, who created lots of laughs from everyone with her magic words ‘azzzzzaah azzzzzaah’ and blowing her ‘magic breath’ to amaze and make us smile. Her act was described by many of the guests as being very Tommy Cooper-esque and we received lots of great comments about her.

DJ Emma played lots of great tunes for us to party the night away until 1am. The dance floor was never empty and everyone was up singing and dancing.

TransRadio are in the process of organising their normal Christmas Ball on Saturday 11th December 2021 to be held at Riverside Glasshouse in Leamington Spa. Tickets are £60 per person.

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This is an abridged version of the article prepared by Avril from TransRadio UK. The full version and further pictures will be published in Transliving Magazine Issue 73.

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