Search

Police called after students turn up to after prom party in Rainham to be told it is not going ahead

12:00 11 July 2013

Ford Lane, Rainham

Ford Lane, Rainham

Archant

The police were called to disperse an angry crowd of teenagers who had showed up expecting an after prom party to discover that it wasn’t going to be taking place.

The school leavers from Sanders Draper School in Suttons Lane, Hornchurch had turned up in Ford Lane, Rainham at 1am on Friday June 28, hoping to continue their night of celebrations.

A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named said: “It looked like there were more than 100 teenagers outside just standing there, I didn’t know what happened, but there definitely wasn’t a party.”

The teenagers had attended their prom hours before, organised by their school, at Orsett Hall in Grays and were expecting to continue the celebrations at a party put on by another student.

They had all forked out £10 each for the bash and some had even splashed out on new outfits.

But on arrival they were left stranded outside before being confronted by an angry parent who told them that the party was not going ahead.

The celebrations turned sour when the police had to be called out.

Parent, Nikki said that her daughter was one of the first ones to turn up.

She said: “More and more students were turning up in booked cabs and were just left to wait.

“Then they said that someone came out and said that the party was not going to be happening, they were all really angry.”

She added: “It was supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience, but it was just ruined.”

The students, who were forced to make their own way home in the early hours of the morning, took to social networking site Twitter to vent their anger.

Millie Sharpe ‏wrote “prom is ruined thank you very much”.

David Baah added: “I feel sorry for all the girls in our year who spent a lot of money on their after party dresses.

Georgie wrote: “I’m still in shock that after party didn’t happen.”

After prom parties have become a tradition at a number of schools in Havering and a student had stepped forward to organise the event to make sure that this year’s school leavers wouldn’t miss out.

The students have all been reimbursed with the funds.

Nikki added: “I got the money back, but it is more the principle, they are never going to get that moment back again.”

Latest News Stories

Langtons House, now Havering Registry Office in Billet Lane

When a housewife agreed to look into the family history of an old friend she had no idea she would uncover a lost story of wealth and power that transcended continents and had its foundation in Havering.

Yesterday, 12:00
Donna Marie Foster with her dog JJ. She is holding a charity event for her 50th birthday to raise money for charity

A woman who has had two near-death experiences is now living life to the full and holding a massive fundraiser to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Yesterday, 10:30
Janine Webber speaking at the Holocaust Memorial Day reception at Romford and District Synagogue

Janine Webber grew up in the Polish city of Lwow, surrounded by her loving mother, father and brother.

But her life was ripped apart by the horrors unleashed by the Nazis and at a time when she should have been enjoying the frivolity of childhood, she was all but alone.

Fri, 18:24
Cllr Roger Ramsey

Devolution to east London is set to be discussed today by nine borough bosses, including Havering leader Cllr Roger Ramsey.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

People thought the Deputy Prime Minister was pretty funny actually.

Brothers: The David Haines Story, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 10.30am on Sunday.

Over £30,000 has been raised in a couple of days for a mugging victim, despite the goal only being set at £500.