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The Way We Were: New Year’s Day

“We were kept awake last night by New Year Bells. At first I thought they were ringing for a victory"

By Ian Irvine  

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1st January 1924

Arnold Bennett writes in his journal:

“Chelsea Arts Club Fancy Dress Ball [at the Royal Albert Hall]. Seemed to be fairly well organised on the whole, though it was impossible to get supper without standing in a crush on the stairs for a very long time. The supper was free. The light refreshments downstairs were not free. Still, one got them. All boxes occupied. 3 to 4 thousand people, I should think. Beauty of building. Commonness and poverty of most of the costumes. I was disappointed…

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