ARRIVING in style was brought to a whole new level for three boys who landed at the Goosedale venue for the National Academy prom in a helicopter.
It was a dramatic, as well as noisy entrance, worthy of James Bond for the trio who whipped up a frenzy of excitement when they parked at the Papplewick site.
Around 180 young people arrived dressed in their best to wow their friends and party in style.
The event was organised with the help of a prom committee, which included a number of pupils and staff who decided on the venue, theme and entertainment.
“It was a fabulous night and everyone really enjoyed it, including the staff who attended,” said Post 16 administrator Carol Hartley, who was also one of the prom organisers. “There has been a huge build up to the event since Christmas but it was all worthwhile and everything ran smoothly.”
National decided on a black and white theme for their room decorations, which included balloons, chair sashes and even cupcakes.
The music was determined by fellow Yr 11 student Jack Goodfellow who brought his DJing skills to the prom and proved a big hit.
“Jack volunteered to do the disco and he did a brilliant job,” added Carol. “He had a couple of helpers on the night and they were very professional.”
Party-goers started arriving from 6.30pm in a variety of vehicles from limousines, parents’ cars and taxis.
Carol added: “Everyone looked stunning, including the boys. They all looked very grown up and all did us proud.
“The venue staff even commented how polite they all were when they came to the bar for drinks, one of which was bought by the PTA who gave everyone a voucher to claim their drink.”
There was a high turnout for the prom and a number of staff also attended.
“The pupils and staff all mixed with each other and the whole evening had a great atmosphere.”