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Come Mingle With The Mounties

Local RCMP Regimental Ball to be Hosted by Turner Valley RCMP.

By Pam Jones, Editor.

Prestigious, Historical, Fun and Entertaining.

These words all came to mind when Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King told me that our local RCMP Detachment were going to be holding a local Regimental Ball at the end of September.

While pondering why these words came to mind I had to admit to myself that I really didn’t know much about a Regimental Ball. Images of a sea of red coats escorting evening dress clad ladies around a ballroom also came to mind, along with (of course) a delicious meal.

Paulina told me the evening would be loads of fun and a night of tradition and as formal as formal gets in the West – bought your new cowboy hat yet? How could I resist?

I know that the North West Mounted Police came to Southern Alberta in 1874 and that they changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920. I know that Alberta is the “K” Division and has about 100 detachments now throughout Alberta and consists of about 2,600 members. But that’s about all I know about their history and traditions.

Several years ago I heard that the Regimental Ball was an opportunity for the community to come together with their local RCMP members and have a formal, informal evening of camaraderie, dining and dancing. I also heard that the Balls originated way back in the late 1800’s in Fort Garry, Winnipeg to help officers mingle with the public and gain their trust.

Sounds like a good excuse to get dressed up to me – how about you?

The Turner Valley Detachment Regimental Ball will be held on Saturday, September 26th at the Millarville Racetrack Hall and starts at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from the RCMP Detachment in Turner Valley: 403-933-7227. There will also be a Silent Auction with proceeds going to help the Diamond Valley Boys & Girls Club Bike Track Project.

 

 

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