In the edition of the Worthing Herald dated July 30 there was a special article about the history of the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce.
In the social section the ‘99 Ball’ is referred to and it said: “Why it was called the ‘99 Ball’ seems to be forgotten.”
When our eminent secretary Alfred Dunning was elected Mayor of Worthing 1972-73, we considered the occasion should be marked in a special way.
The concept was a ball which members could formulate parties from their own stuff and celebrate at a level not possible on their own.
We had two bands, Ken Mackintosh and local band Roy Affleck.
The ticket price was only 99p, hence the title ‘The 99 Ball’.
It was a great success – I seem to recall attendance was something like 700 the first year.
Ken Mackintosh was considered too loud and Ray McVay took over and played for several years.
Hope that answers the question.
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