- My lad’s Prom night, last night
Daughter just organised her do, absolutely NOT a prom ,it was a Midsummer Ball, decent meal then a disco at a good hotel.Posted 10 years ago
Chavs all went for the white Hummers, she and a few friends chose a 1972 VW bus in pistachhio/cream and a Rover P5B Coupe in Admiralty blue/cream, looked fantastic, girls actually made their own dresses.
Does them good to dress up and to try and behave as adults for a while, apparently for some of the boys its the first time they have ever worn a suit/tie. After the pressure of exams, you are entitled to have some fun, but you dont have to call it a ‘prom’.
we had one when i was 16 and we went in a limo.
It was quite americanised – but that was mainly down to us. at 15 i wanted nothing more to be a south central crack dealer turned rapper, and shot in a drive by wearing a white vest – so that i could get shot and taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and blood on said white vest. we tried to get a lowrider on hydralics to go in – we didn’t but there were some 40’s going round before hand.
I have now stopped living as menace II society!
Let em have their fun.Posted 10 years ago
What you call it is irrelevant. It is just another name for exactly the same thing. Its like getting bent out of shape over someone calling a bike their steed – sure you might not like it and think its a bit odd, but really WGAF – is it worth making into a big issue?!Posted 10 years agoRichMember
Regard a couple of the posts about the kids having just finished their exams, my daughters one was before their exams, they all went back in to school the next day, so no great farewell at all.
I think it’s ridiculous, but did I really want my daughter to miss it while all her friends had fun first organising it, then attending, no of course not. Though her dress was only about £20 from TK Maxx! 🙂Posted 10 years agoTandemJeremyMember
We had a “last chance dance” in the local pub after exams. Just normal party clothes.
I think folk are objecting to two things here – the calling it “prom” and the americanisiation that goes along with it and the conspicuous consumerism of limos and stuff – thats all about showing off and spending money and not essential to the enjoyment of the occasion. very hard on those with less dosh.
My pals 12 yr olds end of primary dance cost the parents well over a hundred quid – kilt outfit hire, limo etc for a **** 12 yr oldPosted 10 years agosurferMember
My pals 12 yr olds end of primary dance cost the parents well over a hundred quid – kilt outfit hire, limo etc for a **** 12 yr old
That and the peer pressure and expectation that surrounds them.
I also have a 13 year old girl and it upsets me to see the teasing that goes on and the obsession with fashion, brands etc.
I am an old fart however despite the fact that they are far wealthier than when I was a kid I don’t envy the social pressures.Posted 10 years agoAristotleMember
At Rivington last week I was seen to shake my head and heard to utter,
“I blame American Pie…”
when a convoy of stretched Lincoln town Cars went by on the way to the Barn. It’s fairly harmless, but certainly extremely OTT as you shouldn’t need to spend a lot to have a laugh with your mates at 16/18.
Maybe I’m out of touch, though, as I don’t require a Bentley convertible, Glock and a case of Cristal to be happy.
Maybe I’m also bitter as we didn’t have a 5th from party and, due to general apathy, our official 6th form party was poorly attended and generally a bit rubbish.
On the subject of dinner suits, I went to a ‘posh‘ university where there were numerous opportunities to wear a bow-tie (yes, even outside of lectures)and bought a single-breasted dinner suit from Burton as it wouldn’t date and work out cheaper than hiring.
13 years later it still fits (although I’ve been through a few red wine destroyed shirts)and probably gets an outing every 1-2 years.Posted 10 years agoebygommMember
When I left school at 16 we all went to the pubs (in our school uniforms, although we did take our ties off). I think we had a prize giving after exams and there was a disco after that, but nowt special
At 18 after sixth form we had a leaving banquet at a chinese restaurant which was great. It was all paid for out of money the committee had made over the past year and everyone was picked up by a bus that went round all the villages, I think if anyone had paid seperately for any other sort of lift they’d have been laughed at.Posted 10 years agoGMember
Personally, I think we tend to ignore the signifcant milestones that our kids reach rather too glibly. Part of the cause of the social problems that we have to deal with is that there are no significant rites of passage in our life style. While a high School prom may well not be that, it is nevertheless marking a major milestone, and to some extent ought to be indicative of a change of status, and responsibility for the child.
However, if I were organising one, I would I hope have the wit to include in the invites prizes for the least glitzy ride to the prom, and perhaps the most innovative. Effectively giving the less wealthy an out.
My kids loved theirs, and I loved backing them up to do it. One absolute though, no car hire.Posted 10 years agothomthumbMember
when i went 90% of people had a limo as it was the done thing. some of my mates rode their bmxs (had hoodies under the tux!) and others went in a post van (off my mates dad who is a postie) there was some snobbery about this but we thought it was ace.
I think lawn mowers etc – are bucking the trend of limos and i’m all for it.Posted 10 years agoCregMember
We didnt get an end of school event. They had had them all the other years but because the year before ours got twatted the powers that be decided that we should be punished for their actions by not being allowed to have an event….really smart decision that 🙄
So most of the year buggered off into the woods, took a load of drugs, got pissed and then wreaked havoc around town that night, with most of them getting arrested.
Glad I stayed at home really.
Didnt stick around at college long enough to go to one of the balls/parties.
Next one will be the Grad Ball at University next year…which costs a fortune and always ends up in 99% of the attendees kicking 7 shades of shite out of each other. Might just go to the pub instead.Posted 10 years agolarge418Member
All of mine have now had their “proms” and all have really enjoyed the whole occasion. A limo between 6 people works out at around £25 each (although you can spend more if you wish). I can’t stand them, but if it helps the kids enjoy the night and feel part of it and mark the end of their schooldays I am all for it.
My daughters dress was too much and a waste (worn once and never again). Luckily (for me and the world) I only have one daughter, and that mistake won’t be made again.
My sons suits have been used several times for interviews, funeral, formal do’s etc, so they aren’t a waste at all (Mrs L wouldn’t allow me to get their suits from Asda though).
What are people moaning about? Is it the fact that other people are enjoying themselves doing things they don’t want to do? Is it that other people are spending money on kids and stuff rather than what they want to spend their money on? Get a f…. life.Posted 10 years ago
Consdering the amount of posts you’ve put on this thread you seem to think so
No no, theres a difference – I’m whinging about the fact that others find the need to criticise and moan about other people enjoying themselves, not about whether people are americanised or spending too much (or too little) in itself.
That and the peer pressure and expectation that surrounds them.
We had the same peer pressure, we just had a mind of our own and parents that didn’t give in, so we contented ourselves with what we had and enjoyed ourselves rather than complaining that its not fair that we cant afford a limo and 4 female escorts for the evening.
Thinking about it, THAT would have been the ultimate 🙂Posted 10 years agoFoxyChickMember
I reckon the whole “prom” thing has got completely out of control.
My classroom assistant has just paid out about £500 for her daughter’s!! (More fool her!)
Dress, hair-do, spray tan, bag, shoes, limo, photos, ticket to the chuffin’ do, “year book”…(vomits)…etc. 😯
My worst nightmare at age 15 would have been to be dressed up as a dog’s dinner and go to a prom!!!
My daughter is leaving junior school in a couple of weeks and the PTA have bought autograph books to sell to the kids!!!!
THEY ARE ALL GOING TO THE SAME CHUFFIN’ HIGH SCHOOL FFS!!!!!!!!!!! 😈
We had a 6th form disco/party at a pub when we finished our ‘A’ levels…organised by us…no teachers there!!
*I’ve started a saving scheme for my kids’ proms* 😉Posted 10 years agomamadirtMember
Loving the mower idea and Sharki’s 😉
My older two lads wanted no part in any ‘prom’ celebrations – they were just glad to get out of there but my youngest cost me a fortune . . . fiver for a bowtie off ebay 😉 . . . well, OK and a share of the limo cost. He had a fantastic evening and the photos of my ‘baby’ surrounded by gorgeous girls in beautiful dresses are fantastic (no you can’t see them).
How glad am I that I don’t have daughters . . . I’d never have any bike cash.Posted 10 years ago
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