Wild west ball a hoot
By DAWN COHEN
SWAGGERING up to the red carpet, past the medicine man toting his suit case of wares guaranteed to cure everything from syphilis to piles, Sheriff Martineau threw open the saloon doors, and headed straight for the bar. "I have 24 guests at my table," he roared. "They better keep me in beer." The roar is perhaps a little bit of an exag- geration, given Sheriff Martineau's day job as principal of Ballina's Emmanuel Anglican Col- lege, but nevertheless the school's Wild Wild West Ball was a hooting success from the mo- ment the 140 guests dressed as saloon girls, native Americans, Mexicans and gun runners, rocked up to the teepee and hay bales wel- coming them to Saturday's festivities. One man-sized cactus was bright green and covered in 12-centimetre skewers poked through his foam costume. "I am shy and introverted," said the thorny plant, otherwise known as Dr Chris Jambor, chairman of the School Council. "I am also scared that if I raise a glass to my mouth, I will poke my eye out with a skewer. "I am going to ask lots of women to dance." The exuberant crowd was treated to can can dances from Total Image Dance, rock and roll from live band Fossil Rock, relay stick horse races, saloon dances and extraordinary sets and atmosphere created by party coordi- nator Jackie Hinrichsen and her team.