Arrowtown all set for singles

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Last updated 05:00 25/08/2012
Arrowtown Singles
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Arrowtown Singles Organizer Bridget Paape (left), and friend Gypsy West.

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Forget speed dating, Arrowtown is once again hosting its rip-roaring Singles Ball on September 1 for all those aged 25 years and over looking for a great night out.

Organiser Bridget Paape said she already had keen singles ball-goers flying in from Auckland, Wellington and New Plymouth and groups coming from Dunedin and Invercargill.

Last year's inaugural Arrowtown Singles Ball attracted about 150 people but Ms Paape was expecting even more this year with the cancellation of the Stewart Island Singles Ball.

Last year's event attracted plenty of people in the 30-plus and 40s age range, but there were also people in their 50 and 60s, she said.

"We had one couple who got together that we know of and still are. There were a lot of out-of-towners last year."

Arrowtown's Athenaeum Hall was rocking last year with all the the old 1960s, 70s and 80s hits pumping. The same band, Invercargill's Lipstick, would be back and Queenstown comedian Emma Lange will start off the night with a few laughs.

Everybody will receive a complimentary drink and there would be continuous finger food all night as well as a cash bar.

Even those who were "a little shy" should come along on their own as Ms Paape said she would be on the door to meet and greet people and ensure everyone was introduced to some new people.

"It's about celebrating spring, having fun and getting together to meet some new people."

Tickets were $70 and available from the Lakes District Museum.

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