50 years ago: Teachers get in the party mood

The Dec. 29, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, reported on a festive event held at West Bay’s Club Inferno:

“Club Inferno last Wednesday was the gay setting of a well attended pre-Xmas Ball put on by the Teachers’ Association under the patronage of His Honour, the Administrator.

“Music for dancing was provided by the Infernaires, undoubtedly a great and versatile dance band. They kept everyone swinging to a wide selection of dancing music. A very unusual feature of the night’s entertainment was the playing by Mrs. Darleen Black on the Baldwin organ. She played 3 numbers accompanied by the drummers and the bass guitarist of the band.

“At midnight, the Administrator made a short speech. He expressed his happiness to have associated himself with the occasion as he felt the cause for which the teachers were raising money is a very good one. He appealed to all present to give generously if asked to do so. The gate prize was won on the ticket number 193 drawn by Mrs. Cumber.

“The President of the association, Mr. L.G. Hill moved a vote of thanks. He said the association was graciously indebted to all who had done their part in making the dance a success. He indicated that with the coming of the New Year the teachers would be coming back to the public for more funds, ‘As the association wants to give something in return, plans are being made for the staging of the biggest concert in the history of these islands.’

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“The microphone was then turned over to Prince Al Bent, the singing M.C. of the Infernaires, for the start of another dancing session. There was still a large gathering when the dance ended at 2 a.m.”

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