US Consul General at ball

The Marine Anniversary Ball will take place in the Beechill Hotel on Saturday, November 10 at 7.30pm.
The Marine Anniversary Ball will take place in the Beechill Hotel on Saturday, November 10 at 7.30pm.

Former marines from the United States and the US Consul General for Northern Ireland, General Gregory Burton are to attend a special Anniversary Ball next weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of US Navy and Marines in Derry.

The ball is at the historical Beech Hill Country House Hotel on Saturday, November 10 and the night, which will include a three course meal and music theatre, will also feature a special appearance from Eleanor Roosevelt.

The ball is a culmination of a series of special events being held by The Beech Hill and The Playhouse to mark the momentous anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWII in 1941, and the US Navy’s selection of the city as the location for its Base One Europe. The woodlands and fields around what is now the Beech Hill Country House Hotel were transformed into the main accommodation camp for the Naval Base.

Dance class exploring the dancing style of World War II, including the foxtrot and jitterbug, have been running for several weeks in the run up to the ball.

Pauline Ross, founder and director at The Playhouse said: “We’re also honoured and humbled to have so many former marines attend, along with US Consul General Gregory Burton. We know this will be a very special night of commemoration and celebration.”

Tickets ball, which starts at 7.30pm, are £25. To book contact The Beech Hill on (028)7134 9279.