Ballroom Packed for Graham’s Pictures

The Court House Ballroom was packed to capacity on 13th November for an illustrated talk about ‘Warwick Past and Present’ by Graham Sutherland.  

The local author and historian has assembled a large collection of old photographs, some from as far back as the 19th century, and as a former Warwick police officer and later The Town Crier for many years, Graham is incredibly knowledgable about the way the town has changed, and has a fund of anecdotes. 

More than 90 people packed into the ballroom to hear the talk. Unfortunately one or two latecomers had to be turned away because the room was full; for understandable reasons there is a safety limit on the numbers.

Many of the guests reacted with exclamations and ripples of conversation as they saw pictures of the cinemas, the swimming pool, shops and pubs they could remember from their younger days growing up in Warwick. 

After the presentation there was the usual tea, coffee and a selection of cake served by Unlocking Warwick volunteers, and Helen’s popular picture quiz had a history theme, ranging from the Romans in Britain to the start of colour television. 

Afterwards a couple came to the volunteers to say it was their first time ‘In The Ballroom’ and they had loved it! “The people on our table were all so lovely. We enjoyed the afternoon very much, particularly making some new friends”. 

“In The Ballroom” happens on the second Wednesday of each month, from 2pm – 4pm, except for next month, when the traditional Christmas carols afternoon will be on the third Wednesday – 18th December – to avoid General Election week. The 2020 schedule of talks and activities is available on this website. Just click on the “In The Ballroom” picture on the home page. 

We don’t want to have an advance booking system or tickets. We prefer people being able to just turn up.  But if you decide to come to “In The Ballroom”, get there in good time. If the room reaches capacity, we will have to turn latecomers away!