Got the suit, got the car, got the girl
By RENEE REDMOND
MURRAY Dean and his mates Shayne McDonough, Tyson Dewhurst and Liam Bolitho, have everything they need for Monday night's Richmond River High School Year 12 formal.
While their dates were frantically organising the dress, shoes, bag, make-up and hair, the guys dropped in to Spurling Formal Hire for a quick test run of their suit jackets.
The guys said they had already organised a car and dates for the night, and were picking up their suits on Friday.
"My date hasn't found her dress yet, but I've got a charcoal suit with pinstripe and I'll be picking her up in a red Commodore," Murray said.
"Formals are a tradition, it caps off the year, but I think it's more important for the girls because they have to get their hair done and all that."
Shayne said he'll be wearing a pink open neck shirt and no tie to match his partner's dress.
"It's the first time I've worn a suit, but I'm not wearing a tie, they're too uncomfortable," he said.
"I can't wait to get all dressed up and I like the idea of the pink shirt, it's the colour of the season."
Spurling Formal Hire owner, Trish Hall, said she had bookings for suits as far back as May this year.
"The boys are a lot of fun to work with," she said.
"For most of the boys it's the first time they've worn formal gear and when they put a suit on they're trans- formed and they realise how good they look. It gives them added confidence.
"I think the formal is a lot like Hollywood for the students, they're the stars of the night and when they step out of their cars outside the venue everyone claps them on."
n On December 9 The Northern Star will publish a special full-colour 32 page souvenir liftout with pictures from every Year 12 Formal across the Northern Rivers.