The ballroom was the first part of the venue to be opened. Over 1,000 people filled the floor that night, who later watched a display by dance professionals Harry Smith-Hampshire and his wife Doreen Casey.
In the interests of fair and equable reporting, fbb should also add that LSWR also offered a route via Southampton docks; leaving Waterloo 35 minutes later at 0950 [corrected to 2150 as per ccomment below!] and arriving at the Channel Islands at the same times. This schedule was that for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Today this Weymouth journey can be replicated on Mondays and Fridays only (Winter timetable) via SouthWest Trains and Condor.
Tomorrow, we look a bit closer at the rail connection.
It's a bit like that with Christmas.