Tag Archives: esk academy of dancing

  • Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Centenary Swing Ball

    April 17, 2013

    mashc centenary swing ball

    This is an unmissable vintage event for those in our local area and a great opportunity to dress up in your finest 40s frockery!

    The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Centenary Swing Ball will take place on 15th June in Montrose Town Hall. Entertainment on the night will feature the 12 piece Sellars Brothers Big Swing Band, dancers from the Esk Academy of Dancing (which kept the chief frocker on her toes throughout the 60s and early 70s) and singer Kirsten Tomlinson.

    Attendees are encouraged to get 'in the mood' by dressing up 40s style, but it is not compulsory as long as they 'dress to impress'. So why not come along and enjoy some swing, jive, Latin and ballroom dancing, along with some fabulous 40s (and some 50s) classic music from Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra and others?

    A raffle will be held on the night with proceeds going to SSAFA Forces Help. Tickets cost £25 and are available from Van Werninck Studio and Henry Hogg Newsagents, 78 High Street, Montrose.

  • Raspberry festival,1959

    November 20, 2012

    We just had to share this British Pathé video link depicting the Raspberry Festival in Montrose, Angus, in 1959.


    The chef frocker spent her early childhood in a small village five miles outside the north east Scotland town and was once left in her pushchair outside Woolworths while her mum and aunt got the bus home without her.  How could they when she looked this cute?


    Although slightly too young to have appeared in the very vintage footage above, Alison's mum may possibly have made the costumes for the tutu-clad tots on the ballet school float around 2.45m in. The original and unique principal of the Esk Academy of Dancing, Miss Beryl Couper, is still going strong after 58 years in the ballet business and putting the latest generation of young dancers through their paces. Alison has treasured memories of her 1960s cygnet role in Swan Lake and not so fond memories of pointe shoe blistered feet!

    Berry picking in the summer and tattie howking in the autumn (for which local schools closed for a fortnight  - and still do every October) not only kept all of us local youngsters gainfully occupied and healthy in the great outdoors, but also supplemented the pocket money nicely.

    Here's another wonderful British Pathé video (no sound) from the following year which brings back happy memories of a carefree childhood and we're all still loving that 50s and 60s fashion!


  • It's a small world

    October 12, 2009

    We have been so busy getting the orders out that there has been little time for updates, but we would like to welcome to all our lovely new customers and thank all our loyal returners for Frockery shopping! The website has seen a big increase in traffic over the past few months, as well as a corresponding increase in requests to source items as diverse as kilt jackets, military uniforms and clutch bags in a specific shade of green!

    Having an online store means that we rarely get to meet our  customers in the flesh, so it was a lovely surprise yesterday for Alison to find herself seated next to a young lady who knew of The Frockery because her mother is already a customer. Both were celebrating 55 years of the Esk Academy of Dancing in Montrose, whose principal, Miss Beryl Couper, looks every inch as glamorous today as she did back in the 60s when Alison's mum made many of the costumes and Alison still looked cute in a tutu! Congratulations to a lovely lady who has inspired so many young dancers and who has contributed so much to local charities over the years.

    Meanwhile, the Royal Mail industrial action has so far not caused too much inconvenience, with only the odd delivery delay being reported, but one item arrived just two hours before it was due to be worn to a wedding, which was  cutting it rather too fine. Since the announcement that the industrial action is to be stepped up, we, like other online retailers, are considering all the options so that we can maintain service. We will of course keep customers 'posted'.