07 / 03 / 19
Last weekend, Dundee University Law Society held our highly anticipated annual Law Ball. This year, the sell out two-night event was held at the stunning four-star country estate, Dunkeld House Hotel. The hotel’s history dating back to the seventeenth century, first residing the Earl of Athol in early 1650s. Set deep in the woods of Perthshire and on the banks of the River Tay and home to an array of wildlife, it was an obvious choice for Liam McCreath (social assistant) and myself as our 2019 venue. The extravagant venue would be home to 140 Law students for the weekend!
One ticket to the ball entitled students to a multitude of luxuries. The Friday night saw students step into a time machine, as the theme for the evening was Disco Fever. Everyone certainly dressed for the occasion, sporting big hair, flares and loud shirts. Liam and I were lucky enough to secure professional photographer, Iain Struthers, who captured the groovy moments of the Friday night. We then were treated to a delightful three course meal, which received raving reviews from students! Students then danced the evening away to some 70s and 80s classics including Cher, the BeeGees, Madonna and much more.
On the Saturday morning, students were able to enjoy a hot buffet breakfast alongside some continental classics. During the Saturday afternoon, students were able to take advantage of the exclusive use of the hotel, whether that be a swim or massage in the spa or a quick workout in the gym. If that didn’t fancy their tastes, Dunkeld town was only a short walk away, home to historic whiskey distillery’s or feast on local produce. Furthermore, with the hotel being in the enchanted woodland, considered “Big Tree Country”, students could relax by exploring the surrounding area. Dunkeld was truly a picturesque area.
Students were welcomed into the marquee by the highly skilled piper, Ross Galloway, on the Saturday evening. Once welcomed into the marquee, we were lucky to enjoy a fabulous champagne reception, courtesy of Addleshaw Goddard LLP. Once again, students were able to feast on an outstanding three course meal with wine on the table. Once desert had been served, the long-awaited law ball awards were presented, full of hilarity and questionable speeches. After everyone’s delicious dinner had settled, the Scottish ceilidh dancing could begin! A huge thank you to Òr Cèilidh Band who provided unique interpretations of some Scottish favourites, including the Gay Gordons, the Flying Scotsman and the High Intensity workout, Strip the Willow. It was extremely awarding to see so many of our members joining in and dancing the stress of university away. Once more, our fantastic professional photographer, Iain Struthers, captured the unforgettable moments throughout the whole evening. Furthermore, a magic mirror selfie booth was arranged to capture the more candid moments of the evening, thank you to James Burnett for taking the time out of your evening to attend the ball. As per tradition, the evening ended with a questionable sing along to Loch Lomond, with everyone who attended singing at the top of their lungs!
Sunday morning gave students the opportunity to enjoy another hot or cold breakfast buffet and catch up on the hilarities of the night before. Once checked out of, students travelled back on the coaches organised, arriving back in Dundee just after midday.
As Vice President (Social), I was elected to lead the organisation of the two-night event. Having been on the committee during the previous academic year, I was aware of the amount of time I would have to dedicate to planning. Liam and I began the initial stages of organising in late Spring 2018, securing Dunkeld in May 2018. With tickets going on late September, we thought best to dedicate a whole week to a social media campaign, revealing clues each day, eventually announcing the location on the Friday. Tickets sold out in a record 45 minutes, with students queuing for up to an hour prior to the start of sale! November 2018 saw the start of intense planning for Liam and I which was a challenge to balance alongside our other university commitments. Valuable time management and key organisational skills are something that I have developed during this role, something I will be able to apply to my everyday life. Furthermore, during my time on DULS, being challenged by peers has taught me how to accept constructive criticism and improve new ideas. Lastly, I have made some life long friendships with people within the society. I highly recommend this role to anyone who is willing to accept and challenge and push themselves out of their comfort zone as it has been the most rewarding this I have achieved.
The weekendtruly was a success. A huge thank you to Dunkeld House Hotel, for their amazing hospitality over the 2 night event. Most importantly the Events Team, Dayle and Nichola, who were extremely accommodating to all our needs throughout the planning stages and the event itself. I would also like to thank our Photographer, Iain Struthers Photography, for capturing the unforgettable moments of the weekend. The pictures will be posted later this evening! Also, a huge thank you to James Burnett who provided the Photo Booth on the Saturday night! The instant photos were full of fun and laughs! Next, I would like to thank our ceilidh band from the Saturday night, Òr Cèilidh Band. The ceilidh was great fun and it was amazing to see so many of the DULS members joining in with some traditional Scottish dancing. I would also like to thank Ross Galloway for piping everyone into the marquee on the Saturday night! It was fantastic start to our Saturday night!
Moreover, thank you to Addleshaw Goddard LLP who were kindly our sole sponsors for the weekend! It was an amazing weekend thanks to their contribution. DULS looks forward to working closely with them in the future.
I would also like to thank Liam McCreath who has been super supportive over the past nine months as DULS social assistant, whom this event would not have happened without. I would also like to thank the rest of the DULS committee, whose hard work and support was truly reflected by the success of the event.
Most notably, a thank you to DULS President, Sarah Campbell, who trusted every decision and judgement made by Liam and me.
Finally, I would like to thank the DULS amazing members. I am extremely grateful for your support and trust over the year, which lead to a truly unforgettable sell-out event!
This blog was written by our Vice President (Social), Shannon McInnes.